Monday, July 25, 2011
Scramble'11: Training camp info revealed
By Kevin Seifert
To the extent that we can, let’s bring you up to date on the scheduling information we’ve received thus far from NFC North teams.
But first, a very important note. We are all learning this one-time transition process together, and it is like nothing we’ve ever experienced. But here is the way I understand things: Only players who have signed contracts will be allowed to participate in the early part of training camps. Veteran players who either change teams or re-sign with their previous teams won’t be able to practice until the new league year starts Aug. 4.
Also, remember that padded practices can’t take place until the third day of camp.
Long story short: Most teams won’t be up to full speed until the end of the first official week of camp. Onward:
Related: NFC West colleague Mike Sando delves deeply into the NFL's final free agency timetable. It begins Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. ET, when teams will be able to sign rookies, negotiate with veteran free agents and discuss trades.
- The Detroit Lions will report to training camp Thursday, on the earliest date possible. Coach Jim Schwartz said via Twitter that the team’s first practice will be Friday.
- The Chicago Bears will report Friday to Olivet Nazarene University, place-kicker Robbie Gould told Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com. The Bears’ first workout will come Saturday.
- The Green Bay Packers will also report to training camp Friday and their first practice is Saturday, Packers president Mark Murphy told reporters. The Family Night scrimmage is scheduled for Aug. 6. I’m guessing Family Night will be closer to a full-pads practice than it is to a full-fledged scrimmage.
- The Minnesota Vikings will report to Minnesota State University, Mankato on Sunday, the team said in a statement. Their first practice will be Monday, and camp will conclude Aug. 11.
More to come …