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Players conclude bye-week work

Posted Nov 6, 2012

Following Tuesday’s on-field work, the Cleveland Browns began their annual bye week.

On Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns continued to make their corrections and go through some on-field work before being dismissed for the remainder of the week for their bye.

The team finished the first half of their 2012 regular-season schedule with Sunday’s 25-15 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and won’t play again until they face Cowboys in Dallas on Nov. 18.

After the second day of work this week, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said he was happy with what the team accomplished.

“I think we’ve had two outstanding days of work,” Shurmur said. “We got the guys out on the field. They were noticeably sore. Typically, this is not a day when you’re on the field, but they pushed through it. We got a lot done. We had a lot of individual (work). We worked on basic plays, some individual one-on-one stuff and it was a good day.

“The meetings were outstanding. We also took care of some league business. They’ve got the NFL Life Skills seminar now, so, I used this day to take care of some league business, a couple videos we had to watch. It’s been good.”

Per league rules that were negotiated in the collective bargaining agreement, players must have four consecutive days off during their bye week. They will return to the facility on Monday to continue with preparation for the Cowboys.

While the players have the ability to return home and visit with their families or go back and watch their college teams play, Shurmur wants the team to remain focused on the final seven games of the regular season.

“Each guy will have a plan, as we move forward here through the end of the week,” Shurmur said. “I think it’s important they realize this is not time off. If they choose to leave town, it’s just time away. It’s important to spend time thinking about what went well and what didn’t go well in the first half of the season, get refocused and revitalized and get ready to play a lot of football.”

In addition to getting refocused and refreshed with time away from the Berea training facility and Cleveland Browns Stadium, Shurmur wants everyone, players and coaches alike, to improve their skills.

“This is a lot later bye than what I’m used to, but we’re going to take advantage of the time and each player and coach has things we need to get better at,” Shurmur said. “I think that’s what this is for.”

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