04 April, 2017
Today the workout schedule for all 32 National Football League teams was announced and the Lions program will begin in just two weeks. Each club that hires a new head coach is permitted to begin early, but doesn't necessarily have to.
According to the press release, the first phase - beginning in mid-April - is a two-week program featuring nothing more than conditioning, strength training and rehab. The team's mandatory minicamp, which players can be fined for missing, is June 13-15.
There are three phases to these offseason workouts, as delineated by Articles 21 and 22 of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and the NFL Player's Association.
The "voluntary" Organized Team Activities take place May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1 and June 5-8.More news: Oil stable on falling Libyan output, but bloated United States market still weighs
May 23: Voluntary OTAs begin (veterans and rookies).
Phase two begins the on-field workouts, which features individual player instruction and drills. Again, contact isn't allowed but seven-on-seven, nine-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills are allowed. There can be no live contact and the offense and defense cannot practice or drill together. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or "OTAs".
While fans aren't allowed at these practices, this is the first chance we'll get to see how the team has fared after free agency and the draft. That will be held either the first or second weekend after the draft, which this year is April 27-29.
Two weeks from today, the Indianapolis Colts are back!