INDIANAPOLIS – One final practice wrapped up the on-the-field work for the Indianapolis Colts this bye week as the players will depart the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center for a four-day break.
The bye week will involve a variety of different activities for the players and comes at the other end of the schedule from what the player's on last year's team experienced.
The Week 4 bye marks the first week for byes around the NFL, yet the time to get away gives numerous Colts some chance to hopefully recover from nagging injuries.
"The biggest thing is just letting the body heal up," defensive end Cory Redding said of what he wants to get done this bye week. "This game is very physical and it's a long season, and it's very grueling."
"Secondly, tend to the things off the field---your family, your friends, your businesses, whatever you have going on, tend to those things and make sure they are fine because you don't want to be on the field thinking about those things as well."
Last year, the bye week for the Colts came during mid-November after 10 straight weeks of games.
Injuries are a part of the game and week-to-week, different ones affect teams but for a Colts team that missed over a handful of starters during the Jaguars game, it might as well come in late September.
"They always say the bye week comes at a good time and we do have a couple guys that's nursing some injuries," safety Antoine Bethea said. "I think it's coming at a good time for us so we can get some guys back."
Offensively, the Colts are looking to find some stability along the line with guard Joe Reitz and center Samson Satele dealing with injuries.
While the linebacking corps is hoping to get Pat Angerer and Dwight Freeney back for the Green Bay game, the secondary suffered a couple late injuries in the Jaguars game.
Safety Tom Zbikowski is a veteran when it comes to playing in the new Colts defensive scheme.
Even as one of the most experienced players in the system, the four days off doesn't mean Zbikowski's playbook will be gathering dust.
"Use the time you have to your advantage," Zbikowski said. "You want to get away from football a little bit, but you still have to stay involved in the game, involved with what our game plan is because getting a couple of days away from your notes and film study can seem like months when you come back and you feel slow."
For the three Colts rookie tight ends, the bye week will be another new experience for the first-year players.
Dwayne Allen is taking the time away from the playing field to look back on what he has experienced in the first three games and think about how he wants a couple questions answered during the final months of the season.
"What do you want to do for the last 13 games?" Allen said of his thoughts heading into the bye. "How do you want the last 13 games to go for you individually and for your team?"