Dang: August 4th really, wow! Signed FA's Can't Practice Until Aug. 4 http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/r...com&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter 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.