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Shock's Tuesday Practice 'Outside' the Norm

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane head coach Rob Keefe decided to mix things up a little bit Tuesday by taking his team out-of-doors to prepare for Friday's game against Chicago.

The Shock left the comfy confines of their top-notch practice facility in Spokane Valley and worked out on the artificial turf at Gonzaga Prep High School. The softer surface gave receivers and defensive backs a chance to rest their weary knees, and provided everyone else a nice change of pace.

"It was great," said defensive back Travis Williams. "We've been inside. [Now we] get the feeling of the outdoor game a little bit and get some sun, and take the pressure off of our knees. That was a good thing that Coach did for us."

"It's harder on the receivers than it is on me," said quarterback Kyle Rowley of playing on the harder indoor surface. "People don't realize that even though that turf is soft, there's cement underneath, so it's hard on your knees."

Keefe said practicing outside gave the players a nice change of pace, and having the long week allowed him to do something different for a change.

"Sometimes you have to get outside to alleviate stress, a lot of bumps and bruises, ankles and swollen knees," said Keefe. "That's indicative of running on turf for sixth straight months."

The Shock are preparing for their second meeting with the Chicago Rush – a game shown Friday on NFL Network. It will be the Shock's second straight game on the national channel.

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