OTAs, minicamp set for May, June

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Green Bay Packers linebacker Carl Bradford.

With the start of the offseason program a little more than two weeks away, the NFL officially announced the schedule for the Green Bay Packers' organized team activities and mandatory minicamp on Thursday.

The Packers will conduct organized team activity workouts May 27-29, June 2-4 and June 9-12. The team usually opens one practice per week to fans and media.

They'll then conduct a mandatory three-day minicamp June 16-18, though one practice is usually canceled for a team building exercise.

The offseason program consists of three phases. The first begins April 20 with a strength and conditioning program and physical rehabilitation that last two weeks.

The second phase lasts three weeks and includes on-field workouts that may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a "separates" basis. No live contact or team offense -vs.-team defense drills are permitted.

The third phase is four weeks and includes OTAs where teams may conduct 10 days of organized practice activity with no live conduct, 7-on-7, 9-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills.

All three phases are voluntary for players, though the Packers typically include workout bonuses in most veteran contracts to entice players to attend.

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