Jul 25, 2013; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Shaun Phillips (90) during practice at the Broncos training camp. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - And there they go. The Denver Broncos broke practice Wednesday, and many players were quick to get out the door for their bye-week break.
The players' collective bargaining agreement from 2011 mandates that the players have four days off in a row, and one of them must be a Saturday.
Many of the players will head out of town. Coach John Fox's advice to the players was simple.
"Make good decision and I don't want to read about you unless you win the lottery. It doesn't need to be spring break 2005 or 'Hangover IV,'" Fox told reporters Wednesday after practice. "I think our guys understand this is a time to get rest physically and mentally, come back ready to work and finish the race."
The Broncos (7-1) are off until Monday, and when they get back, it's a rough road through the second half of the season. The remaining eight games are against AFC opponents, and five are against division teams starting Nov. 10 at San Diego before a home game Nov. 17 against AFC West leader Kansas City (8-0).
"We try to keep the focus small. We'll enjoy the bye week, and right now that's what they are excited about," coach John Fox said Wednesday. "When we form back up on Monday morning, all of our focus will be on the San Diego Chargers. "
For the first game back, Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips makes his first trip back to San Diego to play against the team that drafted him in 2004. He had 69.5 sacks in nine seasons with the Chargers.
"That's one that's been circled on my calendar. There are no hard feelings for me in San Diego," Phillips said. "But everyone wants to play good against their old team. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be a little fired up."
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