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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.

More to come …