Derry manager Damian McErlain plans to see out the remainder of their Allianz FL Division 3 campaign minus the services of the Slaughtneil contingent.
Nemo Rangers brought the curtain down on Slaughtneil's All-Ireland Club SFC adventure last Saturday but the Oak Leaf boss is prepared to let vice-captain Brendan Rogers and his five club-mates sit out the final three rounds of the league in a bid to have them fresh for the championship.
"We can't rush them back," he told The Belfast Telegraph.
"We want them coming back and being an addition for us. If you are forcing men back who are just after a long season like that - in fact, they are not after one long season, they are after two long seasons - and two years in a row of that, mentally and physically, there is going to be a toll on them.
"They need to normalise their lives a bit, for a few weeks anyway and see where that takes them. For us, it is more about them."