Raiders Team activities start today....Monday April 2, 2012, with "voluntary workouts". Carson Palmer couldn't wait to get his playbook.
The C.B.A. allows teams with a new coaching staff to begin their voluntary workouts on April 2, while teams with returning staffs can begin workouts April 16. "These two weeks are limited to strength and conditioning or injury rehab. The phase will only allow onto the field full-time or part-time strength and condition coaches that otherwise have no other coaching responsibilities. No footballs can be used, except that quarterbacks may elect to throw to receivers provided they are not covered by any other player. The players cannot wear helmets during Phase One.
Phase two covers the next three weeks of the offseason workout program. All coaches are allowed onto the field and on-field workouts can include individual player instruction and drills. However, there can be no live contact or team offense versus team defense drills and players cannot wear helmets during this phase.
Phase three covers the next four weeks of the workout program, which can include up to ten days of organized team activities. This provides a chance for more instruction and helmets, but players cannot wear any pads, including shells.
Given all this, the Raiders will get a jump start on the physical conditioning, but the implementation of the offense will not officially begin for a couple weeks." It will be interesting to see if any teams try and skirt these specific time-frame rules, and if so, what kind of punishment they receive.First mini-camp starts April 17.
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