Detroit Lions begin offseason workout program in two weeks

Posted Apr 1, 2013

Detroit's voluntary nine-week offseason training program begins April 15

Calvin JohnsonJohnson at a team organized workout. (AP Images)
The NFL Draft is right around the corner and the Lions are still searching for help via free agency, but on-field activities begin in just two weeks.

The voluntary nine-week offseason training program begins for the Lions on April 15.

The first two weeks of the program are limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

The next three weeks can include on-field workouts and individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice, but there is no live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills permitted.

During the final four weeks, teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity (OTAs). No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permissible.

The Lions will end the offseason program with a mandatory minicamp in June. None of the workouts are open to the public.

Here's the Lions schedule:

  • First day: April 15
  • OTAs: May 21-23, 28-29, 31, June 3-4, 6-7
  • Rookie minicamp: May 10-12
  • Mandatory minicamp: June 11-13