Around the NFC West: Breaking 'camps'
August, 14, 2013
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
Good morning, NFC West.
I'll be heading over to Seattle Seahawks headquarters Wednesday for the final training camp practice open to the public. The team plans to break "camp" following another practice Thursday.
The quotation marks apply because our traditional definition of training camp no longer holds in most cases.
Seattle, like most teams, no longer goes away for camp. Two-a-day practices are a fading memory. The team has been holding practice sessions at its facility, and that will not change just because "camp" has broken.
The Arizona Cardinals are the only NFC West team still holding camp away from their team headquarters, but their new camp setup at University of Phoenix Stadium is only a 30-minute drive from the team facility in Tempe.
Arizona is scheduled to break camp Aug. 22. The date is Aug. 21 for the St. Louis Rams. The San Francisco 49ers released a camp schedule showing the final practice as Wednesday, but the timing doesn't mean as much for fans because their facility is off-limits to the public during construction of the team's new stadium across the street.