Colts open offseason work April 18; practice at Lucas Oil June 8
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 1, 2016) –The Indianapolis Colts’ first step toward putting an unsatisfactory season behind them begins April 18 with the start of their eight-week offseason conditioning program.
The more intense work involves their organized team activities (OTAs). Those 10-day, on-field sessions are May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31 and June 1-3. That’s followed by the Colts’ mandatory veteran minicamp June 7-9, which is highlighted by a June 8 practice at Lucas Oil Stadium which is open to the public.
The remainder of the OTA work is at the team’s Indiana Farm Bureau headquarters on West 56th and closed to the public.
Aside from the three-day minicamp, all offseason work is voluntary under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. Under the CBA, each team is allowed a voluntary nine-week offseason program that is divided into three phases.
The initial two-week phase limits activities to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation.
Phase Two, which spans the next three weeks, consists of on-field workouts. However, that is limited to individual player instruction and drills as well as team work that only involves specific positions. No live contact or offense vs. defense drills are permitted.
In Phase Three, which is the final four weeks, teams are allowed to have 10 days of OTAs. While live contact still is prohibited, 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
Teams also are allowed to hold a seven-week rookie developmental program that can begin May 9, which follows a rookie minicamp. The rookie minicamp is held the first or second weekend following the draft.
The Colts are in serious bounce-back mode after posting an 8-8 record last season and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011.