Seven teams holding mandatory minicamps this week


As was the case last week, all 32 NFL teams will engage in organized offseason workouts this week.

However, in a sign we’ve moved into the late stages of the pre-training camp work, seven teams — the Cardinals, Bengals, Browns, Broncos, Lions, Saints and Buccaneers — will hold their mandatory minicamps in the coming week.

Per the CBA, all teams can hold one mandatory veteran minicamp with three days of practice to be held on Tuesday through Thursday. Players are to report on Monday for physicals, and they cannot work Friday. Players can wear helmets, but no pads, and contact drills are not allowed. Teams can hold two-a-day practices on 2-of-3 minicamp days, but they can’t practice for more than a total of 3.5 hours, and one practice has to be a walk-through. Overall, teams can’t work players for more than 10 hours in any of the minicamp days.

According to the CBA, the maximum starting fine for one unexcused absence from minicamp is $11,575. The fine amount can increase by as much as $11,575 per day missed. Were a player to miss all three days of minicamp, the maximum fine would be $69,450.

The Cardinals, Browns, Lions and Buccaneers wrap up their offseason workouts this week, with the other 28 teams concluding their workouts next week.

19 responses to “Seven teams holding mandatory minicamps this week

  1. The CBA is bringing down the skill level of the entire NFL. Coaches should be able to work players until they get it right. This whole “practice for an hour and no pads” crap has to go. No wonder so many players are out of shape and getting hurt.

  2. I was thinking the same thing. I don’t recall seeing injuries with the high amount we have now at the beginning of the season, and I think this has a lot to do with lack of conditioning. With two a days done away with, limiting the time with pads, limited contact, they players have done themselves more harm then good by taking away the conditioning that is needed to be able to handle the punishment dealt out week after week.

  3. @nicknasti

    Well said. I fully understand that players have families and other interests/obligations, but it’s a competitive game and you need to be at your very best to win. Coaches, players, GMs, everyone is paid to win.

    Fair or not, being an actor, rock star, or professional athlete involves sacrifices that we “regular” people would never make, but most of us aren’t making millions of dollars (or in some cases, tens or a hundred million dollars) either. It goes with the territory, and I definitely believe that restricting prep time has led to more conditioning issues for the NFL in recent years.

  4. That means, clubs not doing this are missing the boat! Someone mark these teams down and lets see if working longer, adding more conditioning makes teams more prone to jnjuty or not.

  5. Wrong, wrong, and wrong. Your argument is that there would be fewer concussions with more contact. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Players are bigger, stronger, and faster than ever. It is a contact sport, they will get hurt. You honestly believe players are not in shape. It is a different game than 30 years ago, even 10 years ago. The game stretches the field now, no more wishbone formations. In 1979, the average tackle weighed 268 pounds. It is difficult to find one under 300 now. Different game peeps, more cerebral now, players train year round now. Injuries are going to be plentiful that is why they get paid. Most injuries are from over work (joints, tendons, ligaments) and strain, not under work. The only reason it looks like more injuries now is 1. teams are required to report them, 2. players are watched much more closely than in the past, 3. a lot the players in past played when they should not have been playing…

  6. Players must workout on their own to achieve the level of fitness they will require. In special ops individual training by each member must be the goal of the unit. Their are just not enough days for organized team practices. Just my opinion.

  7. Anybody who thinks there’s an apples to apples between the kind of short term tendon injuries that MAY occur with more rest and the proven long term effect of the rules where intended to curtail hasn’t been paying attention. Beside true professional supplement with work of their own. The 49ers have been one of the healthiest team in the league since the rule change, a credit to their coaching staff and players.

  8. What a joke. Pretty soon all OTAs will consist of film study and simulated practice on an Xbox.

    Coach: Hey Rookie, what made you think you’d be able to get away with that spin move?

    Rookie: I didn’t coach. I hit the wrong button on the controller.


  9. Wrong, CBA isn’t affecting anything. These guys have been playing football in pads for as long as they can remember. An extra few hours a week of hitting isn’t going to matter. There are more injuries today simply because athletes are bigger, stronger, faster, and that’s a much bigger strain on the human body.

  10. I still remember Howard Cossells reference to playing with reckless abandon. This is how players play before signing the proverbial BIG CONTACT whereby they ceasefire to play that way. The CBA has institutionalized that concept thus the restrictions on training. I do not see it improving only getting worse as the struggle over the huge revenues between players and owners continues. Not good for the game.

  11. @bhindenemylines
    This could never happen b/c of the risk of sprained fingers and degenerative wrists. Practice for this would be held to 30mins/day for 1 day.

  12. Back in 2010, the Panthers had a payroll of $62 million as owner Jerry Richardson was preparing for the work stoppage everyone knew was coming. The Panthers were the worst team in the league and everyone assumed that the one and only reason was because the owner was cheap and hording money. And as the work stoppage came, no one gave him any credit for observing, “as owners, when the players tell us they want to be paid more and work less, we’re going to take issue with that.”

    And what do we have now? Players that are getting paid more and working less. And it doesn’t appear to me that it’s making for a higher-quality product.

  13. Viking minicamp is voluntary and runs from Sep – Oct every season. By that time they’re officially eliminated from playoff contention and they can get a head start on finger pointing, laying blame, and firing the wrong people. After that, it’s time to draft 2-3 first round busts, declare themselves the offseason champs yet again, and repeat the cycle.

    This actually happens every year.

  14. I remember when we practiced in pouring rain and mud ruts, full contact, break a finger or a nose and put a Band-Aid on it quit your whining & get back out there in 100 degree heat……..and we Liked It!!!!

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