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Bears to begin OTA workouts on Tuesday

Posted May 21, 2012

The Bears enter the third and final phase of their voluntary offseason program this week, with the first of 10 organized team activity (OTA) workouts scheduled for Tuesday.

The Bears enter the third and final phase of their voluntary offseason program this week, with the first of 10 organized team activity (OTA) workouts scheduled for Tuesday.

As part of the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement, offseason programs are limited to nine weeks—compared to 14 under the previous CBA—and consist of three phases.


Quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears will begin OTA workouts Tuesday at Halas Hall.
The third phase, which will be conducted over the next four weeks, may include up to 10 days of 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.

The Bears will conduct their OTAs this Tuesday through Thursday, May 29-31 and June 4-7 before concluding their offseason program with a mandatory full squad minicamp June 12-14.

During the first phase of the offseason program, which began April 16 and lasted two weeks, activities were limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehab, with only strength and conditioning coaches allowed on the field with players. Helmets were prohibited, and footballs were permitted on the field only for quarterbacks throwing to receivers provided they were not covered by defenders.

In the second phase, which started April 30 and lasted three weeks, all coaches were allowed on the field. Workouts could include individual player instruction and drills, but helmets and drills pitting the offense against the defense were prohibited.

Log onto ChicagoBears.com Tuesday for exclusive coverage of the Bears’ first OTA workout.

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