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Regular season padded practices reduced

Trindon Holliday AP

We’ve heard plenty from Bart Scott and others about the reduction of two-a-days in training camp.  We haven’t seen much talk about the reduction of padded practice during the regular season.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes that teams are only allowed to practice in pads one day a week during the regular season. During the last five weeks of the regular season, teams can practice in pads one day a week in only three of those weeks.

In practice, this won’t have a monster impact.  In today’s era, teams don’t practice in pads much later in the season anyway.  They also don’t practice in pads more than once a week very often.

Still, the changes are significant in that they protect the players from coaches who like to see a lot of hitting in practice. We’re simply not going back to the days where players hit in practice every day.

It’s also worth noting players will get eased into training camp.  There will be no hitting for the first three days of camp this year.  Two practices will be allowed in a single day, but one of them has to be a light walk through.

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  1. blchaney69 says: Jul 22, 2011 12:30 PM

    More money and less work…that sound like the greedy players to me!! scumbags… getting closer and closer to becoming a college football fan!!!

  2. ejmat2 says: Jul 22, 2011 12:32 PM

    Pretty soon the players will only be allowed to pull flags from another player’s waist line…….Oh wait, isn’t there already a sport that does that?

  3. coutre says: Jul 22, 2011 12:32 PM

    I bet De Smith is surprised by these developments.

  4. packerjb says: Jul 22, 2011 12:36 PM

    Look for alot of missed tackles this season.

  5. mathsimillion says: Jul 22, 2011 12:37 PM

    But, But,… The deal still isn’t fair! We also don’t want to run during the summer cause it’s hot,.. oh, and it’s too cold to run in the winter too. Make it fair and then we’ll vote!

  6. keeponhating says: Jul 22, 2011 12:37 PM

    And this just in players want Egyptian cotton jerseys and Rose petals thrown at their feet everywhere they go. spoiled sissy lalas

  7. blchaney69 says: Jul 22, 2011 12:38 PM

    Ok, Just when i thought the tackling in the Pro’s couldnt get any worse..Here we go.. look for alot more missed and busted tackles.. so much for the saying “practice makes Perfect” I guess we gotta look for a new life lesson to teach our children.. Maybe “wine and cry like a biatch until you get what you want”

  8. dagnon13 says: Jul 22, 2011 12:38 PM

    Poor Singletary, I don’t think that fool could have dealt with a rule like this!

  9. canetic says: Jul 22, 2011 12:40 PM

    Also, tackling has been replaced by pulling players flags.

  10. smacklayer says: Jul 22, 2011 12:40 PM

    Are you serious? My son’s 8th grade football team practices in pads every day. These players are pansies.

  11. minormillikin says: Jul 22, 2011 12:40 PM

    So this is really coming down to players not wanting to work so hard for their pay.

    Unions: Helping employees produce less for more money. It’s worked great for the auto industry and the education system.

  12. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jul 22, 2011 12:40 PM

    Trying to figure out what the players are mad about? Silver’s arms have to be tired from carrying the players water around.

  13. dcbassguy says: Jul 22, 2011 12:41 PM

    THE QUALITY OF THE GAME IS GOING TO DROP. PAY US MORE, BUT DON’T PUSH US TO HARD.

  14. tjacks7 says: Jul 22, 2011 12:42 PM

    This must be one of those unfair rules created by the owners to screw over the players.

    One day a week? What the hell? High schoolers practice 2 times a day, in pads 5 or 6 out of 7 days for about 6 weeks. This is getting ridiculous.

  15. thephantomstranger says: Jul 22, 2011 12:42 PM

    Maybe they’d like to be carried from the locker room to the practice field too?

  16. greenbay4ever says: Jul 22, 2011 12:43 PM

    Soft!

  17. hawkjuice says: Jul 22, 2011 12:43 PM

    How long till they don’t have to wear pads during games either? Remember when football players were tough?

  18. bertilfox says: Jul 22, 2011 12:44 PM

    Just another in a relentless ongoing effort by this idiot Commissioner and his Masters to wussify the NFL, so that more games may be crammed into the Season. Any Statement that begins with “Our Fans want…” out of his mouth is the signal that a Whopper of a lie is about to be heard. Chief among those is that “Our Fans want an 18 game Season”. No, we don’t. We just don’t want to pay full price for 4 Preseason games. I’m not apt to agree much with James Harrison, but I agree with his opinion of this fool. In forty years, this sport will not exist in any meaningful way where we can still recognize it.

  19. medtxpack says: Jul 22, 2011 12:44 PM

    paid millions of dollars to play football….

    my peewee team praticed harder than these guys, we got in trouble if we didnt show up in full pads…

  20. smarks82 says: Jul 22, 2011 12:45 PM

    GTFOHWTBS!?!? Are they serious? The players are getting more money for less work and they still won’t sign the deal wtf up with that?

  21. malgorthewarrior says: Jul 22, 2011 12:45 PM

    @blchaney69

    you wouldn’t make it through five minutes of a padded practice. you may say “but i’d do it for a million dollars” well that proves you value a money more than your own life, as you would die on impact of about the third play.

  22. bearsnoah says: Jul 22, 2011 12:45 PM

    Cue the meathead comments about “football getting soft” in 3,2,1…

  23. battle23 says: Jul 22, 2011 12:47 PM

    so the Dez Bryants out there wont have to worry bout overpriced receivers asking them to get their pads anymore..one plus I guess

  24. hunst009 says: Jul 22, 2011 12:48 PM

    Just as long as it passes, I really don’t care!! Get er done!

  25. xinellum says: Jul 22, 2011 12:48 PM

    You know, I said I was going to shut up but, like the players, I guess I am just ticked enough to point out the obvious. Every player is going to complain about something. Scott complains that two a days make you soft, others complain two a days increase concussions. You have some players don’t want so much time off, others would not want to show up till the first game of the season. You’ve got 1900 people who want something different out of this CBA and everyone looking at the CBA for the first time is going to pick out the one thing that ticks them off, not the one thing they like. De Smith needs to shut players up until they have a chance to review the whole document and vote on it. Smith needs to get his peeps in line or the peeps need to get a new leader. A leader leads and a loser follows. Right now Smith is a loser. Right in the middle of all this, he has to show Robert Kraft how much he supports him by being at the funeral when honestly, Kraft would rather he be in Washington, getting his constituents in line, explaining why he negotiated the way he did, and that they need to accept this agreement. The appearance of Smith at the funeral is all PR as if Kraft’s wife would have passed in the middle of the season, De Smith would have showed up. Give me a break, get back to Washington and get to work and quit looking for reasons to hide from your constituents. Okay, unless the players continue to be morons, I will shut up.

  26. capslockkey says: Jul 22, 2011 12:49 PM

    I’m failing to see the “screw job” that the owners supposedly are doing according to the players the more details that come out about this new CBA. Sounds like a pretty player friendly deal. All for the 2% trade off, they get a rookie wage scale that will make that financial impact almost null to veteran players, reduced practices and OTAs, an extra billion in retiree fund over 10 years, guaranteed 15k annual increase in minimum wage, teams forced to spend 99% of the cap the first two years, protection for guys with overinflated contracts, no 18 game season without their approval…….

    Unless they provide us with these hidden screw jobs they are ranting about, how can they not like this deal?

  27. gregjennings85 says: Jul 22, 2011 12:51 PM

    blchaney69:

    Why don’t you stop mincing words and tell us how you really feel?

  28. sonicsleuth says: Jul 22, 2011 12:53 PM

    Okay, so before this CBA, 70% of injuries occurred in practice, and the players used that as their grandstanding point. (Never mind that 85% of their total field time was on the practice field, that’s not relevant to them)

    Now, with fewer practices (and more stringent injury policies), the statistic will skyrocket to (guessing here) 50-70% of injuries being in-game, and the owners will be able to argue that the players weren’t properly conditioned for the real hitting.

    Brilliant. These might be the least savvy crop of players in NFL history. To quote Eddie Vedder – “Born on third, thought [they] hit a triple.”

  29. iuhoosierben says: Jul 22, 2011 12:53 PM

    @blchaney69- go for it. nobody cares.

    Restrictions on excessive hitting in practice was a great addition. Not a greedy request by the players by any stretch.

  30. rickyck45 says: Jul 22, 2011 12:53 PM

    Wow…sounds like the players are making all the rules for practice. This is really going to be an offensive minded league now because all defenses will now be like the soft Wade Phillips style 2010 Dallas Cowboys. That is a first hand example of what will happen with the soft practice style.

  31. iuhoosierben says: Jul 22, 2011 12:57 PM

    @smacklayer

    who cares. who is talking about 8th grade football?! This is the NFL. Biggest, strongest, quickest athletes in the world. Players are only getting bigger and stronger and faster. Probably HGH’ed out of their minds. I’d say they hit a little harder then little boys on your sons 8th grade football team. It’s about player safety. Longer careers. More time for fans to see their favorite players on the field. Less trauma to their bodies in the long term.

  32. goodandfast says: Jul 22, 2011 12:57 PM

    I don’t know, sure sounds like the players are getting screwed to me…

    /sarcasm

  33. freakish213 says: Jul 22, 2011 1:01 PM

    I don’t think this story states that the players pushed for the no hitting change. It’s amazing how quickly the uninformed jump to conclusions that reflect their own views. It seems just as likely that the owners would want this as a means of protecting their investment by keeping players healthy and playing on Sunday’s especially down the stretch run of the season.

  34. bradentonbuc says: Jul 22, 2011 1:04 PM

    As long as the play on the field does not deteriorate and the injuries don’t rise I don’t care. They can practice in a jogging suit if it works.

  35. Davo says: Jul 22, 2011 1:05 PM

    Does it prevent Eric Mangini from running “opportunity (read: suicide) drills?

  36. ebenezergrymm says: Jul 22, 2011 1:10 PM

    Hmmm, so comments pointing out how the players are sissy spoiled crybabies are getting deleted, and there’s more thumbs up going to anti-owner comments than I’ve seen all offseason.

    Something’s fishy on PFT, and it’s not just F lorios upper lip. (you have to spell it like that because comments mentioning his name are auto censored. Weird huh?)

  37. bleedgreen says: Jul 22, 2011 1:19 PM

    Soooo… the players piss and whine about this becoming a pansy league, flag football, etc… but then they fight to have less hitting and less practices because they don’t want to get hit?

  38. wyobroncoboy says: Jul 22, 2011 1:19 PM

    “freakish213 says: Jul 22, 2011 1:01 PM

    I don’t think this story states that the players pushed for the no hitting change. It’s amazing how quickly the uninformed jump to conclusions that reflect their own views. It seems just as likely that the owners would want this as a means of protecting their investment by keeping players healthy and playing on Sunday’s especially down the stretch run of the season.”

    While we like to see the second stringers get in the game once in a while to see what they got, we definitely hate when they play the entire way(see:Preseason)

    When the starters are all on IR the game ain’t the same. Lets keep the starters healthy and active for an entire season fer a change!!

  39. ampats says: Jul 22, 2011 1:29 PM

    I would love to hear what Bill Belichick ( et al Tuna etc) think about these padded practice rule changes ?

  40. melikefootball says: Jul 22, 2011 1:30 PM

    Gee with all this less work we won’t see so many off sides and false starts, being rested and not so tired. The stats will go through the roof with less balls not caught or fumbles. The games will be faster , they won’t need timouts or maybe do away with half times, more time to go out and spend all that cash.

  41. nortonfest says: Jul 22, 2011 1:51 PM

    @ebenezergrymm, I see your point. I have seen several posts disappear when there was nothing bad in them at all. Not sure of the reason.

  42. thephantomstranger says: Jul 22, 2011 1:57 PM

    hawkjuice says:
    Jul 22, 2011 12:43 PM
    How long till they don’t have to wear pads during games either? Remember when football players were tough?
    _______________

    When football players were really tough, they weren’t wearing pads.

  43. nortonfest says: Jul 22, 2011 2:10 PM

    I’ll try again

    The only pads they will wear in the future are maxi or mini pads.

  44. jerruhjones says: Jul 22, 2011 2:23 PM

    Just do away with the NFL and let all these guys (owners too) get real jobs and have to make a living like the rest of us!

  45. fground says: Jul 22, 2011 2:36 PM

    nortonfest – rugby is football without pads and it isn’t a fraction as dangerous as football.

  46. tunescribe says: Jul 22, 2011 2:44 PM

    Makes me thankful that I was an NFL fan in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s before all this watering down happened. One can only imagine what things will look like 20 years from now.

  47. photopresspass says: Jul 22, 2011 3:37 PM

    Does the new CBA state how many days players may wear skirts?

  48. tunescribe says: Jul 22, 2011 3:58 PM

    Re., “It’s also worth noting players will get eased into training camp. There will be no hitting for the first three days of camp this year. Two practices will be allowed in a single day, but one of them has to be a light walk through.”

    Here’s what I would do: Run their prima donna butts off — drills, sprints and anything else that gets them sweatin’, wheezin’ and heavin’.

  49. rcali says: Jul 22, 2011 4:01 PM

    Pads? You talkn’ bout’ Pads?

  50. rolandsloan says: Jul 22, 2011 4:05 PM

    I figure this will create at least 64 more jobs. The
    team and the players for each team will need to hire someone to keep track of padded and unpadded practices. And if there is a dispute, more work for lawyers! Everybody wins….

  51. BroncoNick says: Jul 22, 2011 4:40 PM

    I wish I could ask my boss for more money and tell him that I wasn’t going to work as hard…

  52. granadafan says: Jul 22, 2011 6:07 PM

    Can any of you mental midgets read? This was a LEAGUE rule, not a rule demanded by players. Keep irrationally bashing DeSmith or the players, but this came from the NFL offices.

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