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Raiders taking different approach to bye week

  • Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen watches during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

ALAMEDA — Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen is taking a different approach to the bye week this year.

Almost half the team was excused from the first practice in the bye week this year as Allen gave almost all of the team's veterans and injured players time away from the field.

After the team held morning meetings, the veterans got some rest and treatment while the younger players held a short practice to tune up the passing game and clean up some mistakes.

That's a contrast to last year's approach when Oakland held mostly full practices during its week off in Allen's first year as coach.

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