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UPDATED: Doba shakes up practice routine

THE COUGS ARE TIRED and beat up, mentally and physically here in Week 12 of a bye-less season, said Bill Doba Tuesday. And so the coaches will do something they haven't done all year, take off the pads for the entire practice week. Doba said you'd probably have to tear Scott Davis' heart out to keep him off the field, all the injury news plus a potentially great linebacker waiting in the wings.

Washington State and Washington are the only teams in the Pac-10 conference not to have a bye week this season, the reason being in order to hold the Apple Cup before Thanksgiving. The downside with no break is that fatigue and injury can set in and even build upon themselves. The toll it's taken on the Cougars has been apparent, said Doba. "With 12 straight games are kids are tired and beat up...

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