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Peppers takes part in first day of offseason workouts

Apr. 22, 2014
 
Julius Peppers, shown here in 2012 as a Chicago Bears player, took part in his first day of offseason workouts Tuesday.
Julius Peppers, shown here in 2012 as a Chicago Bears player, took part in his first day of offseason workouts Tuesday.

Newly signed defender Julius Peppers was among the players who participated in the first day of the Packers' offseason workout program today.

Players did a variety of drills and exercises inside the Don Hutson Center.

Matt Flynn took part in the drills after officially signing a new contract today, as did starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers. A pair of injured players from last season, Clay Matthews and Bryan Bulaga, also participated in the session.

Bulaga wore a brace on his left knee, the effects of a torn ACL suffered last August. Matthews, who broke his thumb last season, didn't appear to have any trouble holding a medicine ball over his head during the practice, based on Packers.com photos of the session.

None of the early voluntary workouts are open to the media or public, and the Packers are not obligated to say who did or didn't practice.

Only strength and conditioning staff, and not coaches, can be involved in the first portion of the offseason program, which is two weeks long and consists of a strength and conditioning and rehab program.

The second phase of the program last three weeks, and individual player instruction, drills and practice are allowed without live contact or offense-vs.-defense periods.

The final phase last four weeks and includes 10 days of organized team activities and a three-day mandatory minicamp. The OTAs allow for 7-on-7, 9-on-9 and 11-on-11 drills but no live contact. Offense-versus-defense and special-teams drills are also prohibited.

One OTA session per week and typically the mandatory minicamp are open to the public, weather permitting, although the Packers haven't announced the schedule yet.

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