What has changed is that all fans attending the game from now on will be subject to hand searches and pat-downs. That's part of a new security initiative that came down from NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
In other news:
-- Coach Nick Saban said linebacker Zach Thomas wouldn't play against the Bucs because of a mild ankle sprain sustained in Wednesday's practice. Thomas has told Saban he could play if this were a regular season game, but there's no need to take a chance now.
-- Rookie Channing Crowder is expected to start at linebacker in place of Thomas.
-- Although no official word has come from Nick Saban, we're still expecting Gus Frerotte to start at quarterback against the Bucs.
-- DT Larry Chester spoke to reporters on Thursday and continued to express optimism he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. Chester said he thought he was getting close to being cleared to start practicing.