Teams with new coaches first to begin OTAs

BY foxsports • April 2, 2012

Teams with new coaches were clear to begin the first round of offseason workouts Monday, but sessions are limited by the collective bargaining agreement put in place last August.

The Colts, Dolphins, Jaguars, Raiders, Rams and Buccaneers are allowed to spend four hours per day -- two hours for meetings, two hours for workouts -- under the supervision of coaching staffs during the first phase of organized team activities (OTAs). There are no weekend practices permitted during any of the three offseason phases.

That phase last two weeks and incorporates only strength and conditioning and rehabilitation of injury -- no on-field work, drills or scrimmages.

During phase two, a three-week period, players may do individual position drills but no full scrimmages as helmets aren't allowed. The CBA also prohibits pass-rush and pass-protection drills.

No live contact is permitted during any phase of workouts.

In the final period or phase three, helmets are permitted but guidelines remains stringent with a maximum of one, weeklong mandatory veteran minicamp and no more than three days of workouts during the first two weeks of the four-week period.


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