Shock prepare for nationally televised clash against Chicago

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by KREM 2 Sports

KREM.com

Posted on July 20, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 20 at 6:46 PM

SPOKANE -- You have to find ways to mix things up in a 16-game regular season. That's why the Spokane Shock took practice outdoors on Tuesday.

The Shock, who usually practice at their facility in Spokane Valley, worked out on the football field at Gonzaga Prep High School instead.

Head coach Rob Keefe said he wants to give the players a break from artificial turf and also give them a chance to enjoy the summer sunshine.

That doesn't mean they're taking this week's game lightly. Spokane plays the Chicago Rush on Friday at 5pm at Veterans Memorial Arena. The game will be nationally televised on the NFL Network.

The Rush, who are partially owned by former NFL head coach Mike Ditka, are 10-5 on the season, but they're coming on a loss to the Dallas Vigilantes. The victory was only the second of the season for Dallas.

Chicago has already clinched a playoff spot, but they are still playing for seeding and might be out to prove that last week's loss was a fluke.

We'll have all the highlights from Friday's game for you on KREM 2 News and KREM.com. You can also find uncut interviews from Tuesday's practice right here on KREM.com.

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