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Monday, July 25, 2011
Scramble'11: Context for camp 'openings'

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

I have one request for those of you making training camp plans: Understand the difference between the doors opening and the traditional beginning of camp.

Sunday evening, we discussed the logical day that each NFC North team will open its doors based on NFC West colleague Mike Sando's deduction work. The NFL Network is reporting those dates to be firm: The Detroit Lions would be eligible to open their doors to Thursday, while the rest of the division would open its doors Friday.

What happens after that, however, is up to each individual team. Some could get players on the practice field within 24 hours. Others might not have players in for days while they handle important business decisions. And in the case of the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings, the door opening could occur at their permanent training facilities before moving operations to their respective off-site camps a few days later.

I think it's fair to assume that all four NFC North teams will be practicing by the beginning of next week, which is when they had planned all along. If anything, they're most likely to use the time in the interim for a frantic catch-up and rookie/newcomer indoctrination. Stay tuned.