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Redskins Welcome Bye Week Break


The Redskins' bye week is at hand, and head coach Mike Shanahan is giving players five days off.

Players gathered at Redskins Park on Tuesday for practice before departing the team facility for a well-deserved rest.

"Players will be off Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday," Shanahan said. "What we usually do is work our first two days, Monday and Tuesday, and then [after the bye] we're getting ready for Philly and we'll hit it hard."

Shanahan said that the bye is coming at a good time, given that the team has been full-go since the end of the NFL lockout and the start of training camp in late July.

"This year is a little different than most," he said. "With the lockout, you're actually putting your football team together [during training camp]. You had camp and you're working 20-hours-a-day and you're trying to negotiate and put your team together. Some guys can come to meetings, other guys can't.

"You're tying to put your system in on offense and defense in your second year. It was a different type of year. I think it has worked out well for us that we do have the bye week at this time."

The Redskins enter the bye week with a 3-1 record following a 17-10 victory against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. They face the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 16 after the bye.

In games following the bye, the Redskins have a record of 11-11. They have lost the past three games after their bye, including last year's 59-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.

The five-day break may seem like a lot of time away from football, but for Shanahan it's nothing out of the ordinary.

"It has been my norm through the years," Shanahan said. "I think it's always good to get players away from me for a little bit. It's such a demanding season. They get a chance to spend a little time with their families."

Some players will take a vacation for a few days, while others are planning on simply catching up on sleep and taking it easy.

Wide receiver Donte Stallworth plans on healing his body and touring some museums in Washington, D.C.

"I may have to hang around and do some treatment for a couple of days," Stallworth said. "I'm definitely going to D.C. and check out some of the museums. I went to the Holocaust museum, that was amazing. I learned a lot. I'm a history buff, and I love history, so I'm definitely going to go check out some of the museums."

Fellow wide receiver Terrence Austin plans on staying in the area and spending some time with his family.

"I'm having my parents come here," he said. "It will be the first time they actually get to come out here and spend some time with me since I've been here. I'm just going to hang out with them, and take them out to D.C. and check out the monuments and stuff. They haven't really gotten a chance to see any of that."

While the players are encouraged to rest, recover and spend time with their families, staying in shape is also required.

Said Shanahan: "I've asked them to get at least a couple of days of running in and told them, 'God is watching.' We'll have to go with the honor system."

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