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NFL players pushing for major change to offseason schedule

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NFL players are pushing for another significant change to the offseason schedule, and it is one that could take effect in the near future.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported on Tuesday that the NFL Players Association is finalizing a proposal that calls for the elimination of voluntary spring practices in favor of a longer training camp ramp-up period. The proposal is expected to be formally submitted this summer.

The current offseason schedule consists of a voluntary nine-week offseason program that begins in mid-April for most teams. Phase One includes meetings, Phase Two consists of on-field individual drills, and Phase Three is when organized team activities begin. The program wraps up in mid-June, and players then have around a six-week break until training camp begins in mid-July.

The NFLPA began seeking feedback about the offseason schedule from players when new leadership took over last summer. Most players are in favor of the proposed changes, according to Pelissero. Medical and performance experts believe more time off after the season followed by a longer ramp-up period ahead of training camp could help players avoid soft-tissue injuries.

Any changes would have to be approved by the NFL, so it will probably be a while before there is an official response to the proposal.

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