The Philadelphia Eagles have changed their 2012 training camp schedule.
Instead of holding shorter practices in the afternoon, the Eagles will hold those practices in the morning. The afternoon will consist of the difficult practices, which include hitting sessions and full practice plays.
In the past, the Eagles used to have hitting during both the morning and the afternoon practices, just like every other team in the National Football League.
But things changed after Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Korey Stringer collapsed and died during a morning practice in 2001. The NFL informally told teams that they were not to hold live practices more than once a day.
And last year’s new collective bargaining agreement really stopped the intensity of practices in the league. One practice each day now has to be a walkthrough, which head coach Andy Reid has described as “meetings on the field.”
The Eagles’ morning practices have usually began at 8:05 a.m. and lasted until about 10:00. The afternoon practices usually begin around 2:00 or 2:45 and last about an hour and a half. It has not yet been established whether the times will remain the same at training camp this year.
This will be the 17th year that the Eagles have practices at Lehigh. Veterans are scheduled to report on July 25th and the team practices together for the first time on July 26th. That practice will likely be closed to the public and the practice on July 27th will be the first that is accessible to the public.
Camp will last until August 15.