Dates set for Lions' offseason training program

Dates set for Lions' offseason training program

Coach Jon Gruden will hold a voluntary veteran minicamp April 24-26, making Oakland just 1-of-7 National Football League teams who will do so in 2018.

Below is the team's official news release on the program schedule.

Now that the calendar has turned to April, offseason programs will begin across the NFL.

The nine-week program is broken down into three phases per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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Each club may also hold a rookie development program for a period of seven weeks, beginning on May 14th.

Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

The rookies will get involved in Phase two, which starts May 22 and covers three weekends. That means there can not be team drills or any live contact. Teams are permitted to have 10 OTAs, spanning three weeks of the offseason. Phase 2 starts two weeks later, when players can take part in on-field workouts and individual drills, as well as practices that do not include offense-vs. -defense drills or live contact. Once again, no live contact is permitted during those OTA practices, however, 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are allowed to take place per the rules in the CBA. The third phase runs June 12-14 and those days are required attendance for all the Browns.

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