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Thursday, August 4, 2011
BBAO: Full-scale practices likely today

By Kevin Seifert

We’re Black and Blue All Over:

MANKATO, Minn. -- NFL teams are expected to take things up a notch Thursday upon formal ratification of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The latest hope is that the process will be complete by mid-day, which would allow a host of players who have recently signed contracts to begin practicing by Thursday afternoon.

I think that’s why the Minnesota Vikings flipped their practice schedule Thursday and will now have their full-pads session at 4 p.m. ET instead of 10 a.m. ET. The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears are scheduled to practice at 8 p.m. ET and the Detroit Lions will take the field at 4:15 p.m. ET. If everything goes as expected, all four teams will have close to full-roster workouts for the first time since the 2010 season.

We’ll keep you updated.

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