Recovery both physical and mental

As bumps and bruises heal, NFL players ease back into life away from football

Originally Published: February 5, 2014
By Josh Weinfuss | ESPN.com

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The life of an NFL player from July until January is a structured matrix of meetings, practices, massages, meals and weightlifting. There are reminders at every corner -- calendars in locker rooms, phone alarms buzzing and digital clocks strategically placed throughout the facility.

When the season comes to an abrupt end, the schedules come down and the alarms are turned off. But the internal clock doesn't stop.

For the first couple of weeks after the Arizona ...

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