PITTSFORD -- Through the first six practices at the Buffalo Bills' training camps, Sean McDermott has made a point of giving certain players a "veteran's day off."
Wednesday, guard Richie Incognito was kept out of workouts at St. John Fisher College simply to allow his body to rest from the five sessions in which he participated since last week and take a break from the heat.
The coach also has allowed tight end Charles Clay, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, and center Eric Wood to each sit out a practice.
The "veteran's day off" concept isn't new. Rex Ryan, the Bills' previous head coach, utilized it, as have his predecessors. And the benefits go beyond the one player who gets a little R&R.
"We want to keep guys fresh, that's one part of it," Wood said. "Another thing is, we were down me and (running back LeSean McCoy)" Tuesday, while Wood was enjoying his "veteran's day off" and McCoy was sitting out with what McDermott described as a "bug."
"I hope that never happens throughout the year, but we got to practice with some younger guys getting some snaps," Wood said. "We had one running back (Jonathan Williams), (Ryan) Groy's in at center, which he did a bunch last year for us. But then what that does is it brings the three guy up to the two, so now we see what the guy can do with the two.
"There's a lot of benefit. It helps me keep my legs fresh, and that's great, but there's also some side benefits as well."
Still, it's never comforting for a starter to watch another player working in his place.
"Lorenzo even said the same thing, you never want to watch another guy do your job," Wood said. "That's my spot, I want to own it. But that's why we have coaches and our trainers and whatnot that kind of pull the reins on us at times, keep us healthy."