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Rules for NFL offseason workouts and offseason calendars

We know when the Cardinals will have their offseason work, but what are the rules?

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

We found out the calendar for offseason workouts for the Arizona Cardinals. Now we have some of the rules about why they are the weeks they are, as well as some of the rules for the different phases. Alex gave us the rundown of the dates already.

Here is what the NFL says about each phase.

Phase 1 (beginning April 20)

Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

Phase 2 (beginning May 4)

Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a "separates" basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.

Phase 3 (May 19-21, May 26-28, June 1-4, June 9-11)

Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or "OTAs". No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Mini-camp (June 9-11)

Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory mini-camp for veteran players. This mini-camp, noted below, must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.

Rookie workouts

Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2015 may begin on May 11. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft (May 8-10 for the Arizona Cardinals)