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Colts agree to two more weeks of on-field work, no mandatory minicamp

5/17/2021 6:11:16 PM
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The NFLPA's efforts to negotiate more favorable offseason workout terms for its players on a case-by-case basis seems to be working as the Indianapolis Colts have agreed to reduce their offseason program to two more weeks with no mandatory minicamp according to Stephen Holder of The Athletic.

That means Colts players will be finished by Memorial Day weekend and will not have to reconvene until the start of training camp.  Another concession is that the offseason workouts will not include 11-on-11 situations.  Holder states that the changes have the support of both head coach Frank Reich and GM Chris Ballard.

So what are the ramifications of this change?  With two months away from the team, the players will have more time to let themselves get out of shape. If they do, however, they will pay for it when training camp starts.  On the flip side, both the NFL and the union hope this will lead to fewer serious offseason injuries in meaningless practices and less wear and tear on players' bodies in the the NFL's first 17-game season.  If the Colts seem ready to go by the start of the regular season, look for other teams willing to scale back their offseason programs.

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