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News: DC: Signed FA's Can't Practice Until Aug. 4

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by cowboyjoe, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Dang: August 4th really, wow!

    Signed FA's Can't Practice Until Aug. 4
    Posted by rphillips at 7/25/2011 6:18 PM CDT on dallascowboys.com

    An interesting nugget in the 2011 NFL calendar released by the league this afternoon: Veterans who sign new contracts this Friday won't be able to participate in on-field activities until the start of the New League Year the following Thursday, Aug. 4.

    That means Cowboys like Doug Free and other potential free-agent additions (a new safety or defensive end) would miss half their two-week practice time in San Antonio. They're required to go meetings, but can't get on the field. Here is the official language:

    Veteran players who sign Player Contracts on or after 6:00 p.m., New York time, on July 29 shall be required to report to, and remain with, their Clubs, except that, prior to the start of the 2011 League Year on August 4, such players may not participate in on-field activities, workouts, weight training or other physical activities, but shall be required to attend meetings, classroom instruction and any other non-physical activities scheduled during the Club’s preseason training camp.
  2. jblaze2004

    jblaze2004 Well-Known Member

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    sucks....but atleast they can go to the meetings and sit in on meetings and classroom work.
  3. laythewood28

    laythewood28 Active Member

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    What about rookies? Can they practice? That would suck big time if Tyron Smith and other rookies have to miss some of training camp.
  4. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone explain the logical purpose of this rule? Why would it hurt if the player practiced?

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