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Rules set for offseason workouts

The NFL and NFLPA have set up rules to regulate offseason workouts and make them more player-friendly.

Updated: May 7, 2003, 4:12 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Sometimes, rules need to be spelled out. Sometimes they don't. But in the case of NFL offseason workouts, something was needed.

As the offseason began, coaches and general managers received stern reminders that the NFL and the NFL Players Association wanted more restraints on overzealous conditioning programs and minicamps. Year round conditioning is supposedly voluntary, but NFL coaches have become so good at putting peer pressure on their players, it's unofficially mandatory.

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