The Detroit Lions will not play this Sunday as they enjoy a Week 7 Bye.
It’s the hope that this weekend will allow players who have been battling injuries to get healthy while giving their bodies a break and focusing on what they need to do to come back and play against the Washington Redskins at home.
Head Coach Jim Schwartz: “It’s a long road in the NFL from the time training camp begins; it’s a long offseason, there’s not a whole lot of time. There’s something to that of breaking things up for players and trying to get a fresh start. The bye-week is always a good opportunity to do that. We need to get some things worked on, which we’ve done.
“We practiced a lot. Matthew Stafford’s got some really good work out here as a result of that. We’ve also had a chance to have a week without playing so hopefully we get some players back from injuries, but then the last component to that is we need to be fresh mentally when we come back and be able to roll for ten games, and I think it will help to get guys away. That’s the same thing that occurs right before training camp and the same thing occurs after the season is over before the offseason program. There’s definitely a benefit in that.”
Several players who can afford to take a break from the practice field were held out of practice this week to get the rest they need after the first six games. But many of the players who didn’t practice need more than rest.
Schwartz: “We’ve had I don’t know how many guys held out today. I think we held 16, 17 or 18 – I don’t know. A lot of those players would still not be practicing if we were playing on Sunday. That’s where we are injury-wise. It’s not, ‘Hey it’s the bye-week and a dozen of your guys don’t practice.’ There’s a significant portion of (them) that wouldn’t have practiced today even if we were playing on Sunday.
“It’s been something that we’ve had to work around this year. It would be nice to get those guys back. I think as much as our injuries have been an obstacle early in the season, there’s also a silver lining into that: that we’re getting those players back now. Whereas other teams that were healthy in the beginning of the year, now their facing not having their guys for four to six weeks or even an IR situation and losing them for the rest of the time. So there is a bright light at the end of that tunnel, the fact that these guys are going to be back. Hopefully they’ll be back after this, back for Washington, but if they’re not then they’ll be back pretty soon.”
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