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Several rookies left practice early for poor hydration and cramps

The NFL is a different animal when it comes to play, but is also way different for rookies moving down South. Yesterday both Randy Gregory of Dallas Cowboys and Devin Funchess of Carolina who played college up North, had to leave the field for cramps and dehydration. Players need to get as much water as possible because the heat will melt you northerners. Gregory talked to media after being helped off the field.  

“I think I haven’t moved since I got here, as far as this seat here. I’m real tired,” he told NFL Media’s Desmond Purnell between workouts. “The humidity kind of caught up with me. I’m a little out of shape. … Hopefully practice will be a little bit better.”

“Tempo is not much different than in college,” Gregory went on. “Like I said, the heat was getting me. I’m hydrated, actually was kind of cramping up when we got into special teams so just got to hydrate more. … In college we had a chance to get on our knee, take our helmet off. Can’t really do that here so I’m trying to get used to that but I’m having fun and that’s the main thing.”

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