With the signing of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, gone are the days of hard-hitting practices in the morning and afternoons of training camp. Instead, teams will now be restricted to one practice per day in pads and allowed an additional practice without.
What does this mean for the players:
For a squad that was hampered by injuries in 2010, this will likely preserve the players’ bodies for the hits that count: on gameday. Veteran players that are secure in their jobs frequently complain about the rigors of training camp on their bodies, and this should help these guys fresh for the start of the season.
On the flip-side of that coin, players need to be in shape when the hits start to matter. Traditional wisdom says that preparation is conditioning the body for giving and receiving hits. There’s a fine line between doing too much and getting injured in practice, and not doing enough and getting injured in a game.
What does this mean for the fans:
If you’re coming out to Redskins Park to see a practice, pay special attention to the schedule to see which practices will be full-contact and which will not. Once a day the players will suit up for a hard-hitting practice, and the other practice will likely be used for walk-throughs and getting players up to speed.
I would not anticipate this hampering the Redskins’ plans in terms of getting players ready for the season. This team will be physical when it matters and finesse when appropriate.
Check out the complete schedule of practices open to the public here.
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