Plans Vary For Players During Time Off

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Some are truly getting away for the bye and others are staying put.

Five weeks into the regular season might be too early for an NFL team to take advantage of its bye week, but in reality, the Miami Dolphins already have played 10 games. So this break comes at the perfect time for them.

As one of two teams scheduled for the Pro Football Hall of Fame game back in early August, Miami had to open training camp before everyone else on July 21st. The players and coaches have been going non-stop ever since and at 3-2 and tied for second place in the AFC East, the Dolphins are priming themselves for a stretch run. That means something different to each player, as some are using the off time to get away from football and the area altogether and others are remaining close to home.

“I’m not getting away, I’m not going anywhere,” said second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who could use to break to heal his body after a rough first five games. “I have to rest up, stick around, spend some time with my wife and just take a mental and physical break for a couple days.”

Tannehill does plan to come into the facility at some point before the team resumes practicing on Monday in order to watch film of the Buffalo Bills, Miami’s next opponent at Sun Life Stadium on October 20th. Others like tight end Charles Clay also are staying in town, but he is hosting his mother on a visit so he’ll be playing tour guide while also reviewing the playbook on his iPad.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Jared Odrick is intent on escaping for a few days to let his body recover from the grind of taking on offensive linemen in the trenches. He also wants to rest his mind, so the bye couldn’t have come at a better time for him.

“I’m going to Toronto to put my feet up and enjoy the city while having a good time and relaxing and rejuvenating,” Odrick said. “I’ll watch some stuff on my iPad but when it’s time to get away from football it’s time to get away from football because it’s just as important.”

Center Mike Pouncey is headed up to Pittsburgh to visit his twin brother, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey. Even though the two just saw each other when Maurkice came down to watch a home game, Mike wants to spend some time with him while he rehabs from a season-ending knee injury. He’ll drive his brother around a bit.

Cornerback Brent Grimes plans to stay in town and stay inside for the most part playing video games and resting his body. He might go fishing but his goal is to just rest and do a little studying of the Bills offense. Right guard John Jerry also is not traveling and he came up with the best reason.

“The best thing about is that most guys in other cities, whenever they get a break they always come to Miami,” he said. “We’ve got the luxury of already being here so why leave?”
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