Football is back. Okay, it's not fully back, but when the Kansas City Chiefs players arrive later this morning to begin Phase One of the team's offseason conditioning program, we're one step closer to the beginning of training camp in late July.
Today's workout kicks off the series of nine-week programs, conducted in three phases as defined by the league's collective bargaining agreement.
The first two weeks of the program, the players will work on strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation.
Weeks 3-5 allow for on-field workouts, which may include individual player instruction and drills, as well as a team practice that is conducted on a "separates" basis, meaning no live contact or team-offense versus team-defense drills are allowed.
During weeks 6-9, the Chiefs are allowed to conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activities (OTAs). While the team isn't allowed to compete in live-contact drills, 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
Stay tuned for a full recap of today's interviews with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and his players, following their press conference at 12:45 pm CT.