Gettin' the feel of grass

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:35 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos are trying to take home-field advantage to a new level.

Under a new philosophy, the Green and Gold took to the Commonwealth Stadium grass field yesterday for their final major practice before battling the Calgary Stampeders tomorrow night (8 p.m., CHED).

With the game at Commonwealth Stadium this week, the Esks want their players to be as comfortable as possible on the famed grass field.

MAJOR CHANGE

This is a major change because in the past three seasons, the Esks practised just once inside the stadium.

The club traditionally practises on the grass field to the west of the stadium or on the field-turf at Clarke Stadium.

"We are going to try to take the field on Day 3 and get some work on it just because we have so many new guys," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.

"It will be good for them to go out there and experience at least one practice during the course of the week.

"They are going to be able to go out there and take a look at the spikes (in their shoes) and make sure they have the right footwear."

Visiting teams aren't allowed to test their footwear on the Commonwealth Stadium grass the day before a game - something that's become a point of contention around the league.

LUCIANI OUT

- Rookie receiver Dante Luciani has been placed on the nine-game injured list after suffering a leg injury in training camp.

- Former Edmonton kicker/punter Sean Fleming watched practice from the sidelines yesterday. He doesn't seem to be regretting his retirement announcement last fall.

And former Eskimo great Tom Wilkinson quietly watched the practice from the shade of the south end zone.


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