by Chuck Carroll

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins offseason workouts conclude this week with a mandatory veteran minicamp running Tuesday through Thursday in Ashburn.

Here is a look at the rules surrounding all NFL minicamps, including player expenses, contact, two-a-days, and time limits, as governed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Three-Day Limit

A mandatory veteran minicamp is forbidden from exceeding three days in length, plus one day for physical examinations.  The camp must take place during the week (Monday through Friday) and cannot occur on the weekend.


Two-a-day practices are permitted for two of the three days of camp, provided:

  1. Players are on the field for no more than 3.5 hours each day
  2. A single practice does not exceed 2.5 hours
  3. The length of the second practice does not exceed the balance of the 3.5-hour daily limit
  4. Practice is limited to walk-through instruction only

Time Constraints

No organized team activities, including medical treatment and taping, can begin before 7 a.m. and must conclude by 8:30 p.m. Players must also be given at least a one hour break for both lunch and dinner.

All activities (taping, practices, etc.) cannot exceed 10 hours in a single day. This does not include meal time.


All veteran players attending minicamp will be given hotel arrangements, meal allowances, travel expenses, and a prorated “per diem” of roughly $971. The CBA states weekly “per diem” for veterans is $1,700 and $925 for first-year players. Next year, the amounts will increase to $1,800 and $1,000, respectively.


A lot of made of this and whether it’s followed to the letter of the law, but the CBA states there is to be no contact (e.g. live blocking, tackling, pass rushing) or use of pads. Helmets are permitted.

All players will have a month-long break before Training Camp begins July 24 in Richmond.


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