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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Recapping Belichick's bye approach

By Mike Reiss

Patriots players return to the practice field five days after their last practice, as preparations for Sunday's playoff opener against the Jets shift into a higher gear.

"We'll treat it kind of like a Monday night game," coach Bill Belichick said Monday on sports radio WEEI. "We'll start on Tuesday [with practice] instead of Wednesday, and be ready to go Sunday."

Here is a look back at how Belichick, who hoped to strike the right balance between rest/recovery and self-improvement, handled the bye week:

Sunday (Jan. 2): Beat Dolphins, 38-7
Monday (Jan. 3): Players off
Tuesday (Jan. 4): Players off
Wednesday (Jan. 5): Full-pads practice
Thursday (Jan. 6): Full-pads practice
Friday (Jan. 7): Players off
Saturday (Jan. 8): Players off
Sunday (Jan. 9): Players off
Monday (Jan. 10): Players in for workouts

When players are off, some still come in to the facility to work out, but there are no scheduled practices that day.