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Bears set to begin offseason program April 2

Posted Mar 8, 2013

The Bears on Friday announced their offseason schedule, which kicks off on Tuesday, April 2 with the beginning of their voluntary offseason workout program.

The Bears on Friday announced their offseason schedule, which kicks off on Tuesday, April 2 with the beginning of their voluntary offseason workout program.

Quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears will begin their offseason program April 2 at Halas Hall.
Because they have a new head coach in Marc Trestman, the Bears are permitted to conduct an additional veteran minicamp and can begin their offseason program the first week of April. Teams that didn't hire a new head coach can't begin their programs until the third week of April.

The Bears will conduct a voluntary veteran minicamp April 16-18 and their rookie minicamp May 10-12. They will hold 10 organized team activity (OTA) workouts from May 13-June 6 before concluding their offseason program with a mandatory full squad minicamp June 11-13.

Under terms of the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, offseason programs are limited to nine weeks and will consist of three different phases.

During the first phase, which will be conducted during the first two weeks, activities will be limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehab, with only strength and conditioning coaches allowed on the field with players. Helmets are prohibited, and footballs are permitted on the field only for quarterbacks throwing to receivers provided they are not covered by other players.
 
In the second phase, which will take place over the next three weeks, all coaches will be allowed on the field. Workouts may include individual player instruction and drills, but helmets and drills pitting the offense against the defense are prohibited.
 
The third phase, which will be conducted over the next four weeks, may include up to 10 days of organized team activity (OTA) workouts. All coaches are permitted on the field and players may wear helmets, but one-on-one drills involving the offense and defense are not allowed.
 
Live contact is prohibited in all offseason workouts; and (excluding OTAs and minicamp) players may not be at the club facility for more than four hours per day, four days per week, on weekends, or on the field for more than 90 minutes per day.


The Bears on Friday announced their offseason schedule, which kicks off on Tuesday, April 2 with the beginning of their voluntary offseason workout program.

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