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San Francisco 49ers Start Organized Team Activities May 21

The next step in the San Francisco 49ers preparation for the upcoming 2013 regular season will be the first of three organized team activities starting on Tuesday. The OTAs will feature everyone on the roster, minus players with injuries, and will run from May 21-23. The next two OTAs will take place May 28-30 and June 3-6.

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The only big news likely to come out of the OTAs will be from players who are in position battles and outperform their competition. Hopefully there will be no news of major injuries to any players. The Niners are one of the 29 teams to start their OTAs this week.

For those unfamiliar with OTAs, here are the rules per the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA):

  • OTAs are voluntary workouts and no player is required to attend. But you better have a really good excuse for not attending. Most players have incentives in their contracts to attend OTAs.
  • Players are limited to two hours of on-field practice and cannot be on the field for more than six hours total each day.
  • Jim Harbaugh and his coaches can be on the field directing players through drills, but there is no live contact.
  • According to the CBA, some of the contact that is prohibited includes blocking, tackling and pass rushing.
  • Players can wear helmets and pads, but the practices are not to be fully padded.
  • Team drills allowed include 11-on-11 drills, but no one-on-one drills. Some special team’s situations are allowed.
  • The 49ers are required to record the OTAs and keep them on file until 30 days after the start of the regular season. The NFLPA can attend a limited number of offseason workouts and can request to view video from the OTAs if another team files a complaint.
  • The 49ers and Jim Harbaugh are responsible for making sure they are following OTAs rules. Both can be fined by Commissioner Roger Goodell for violating any offseason workout rules. If it is determined rules were broken, the 49ers would lose its next scheduled week of OTAs. If a second violation occurs in the same league year the 49ers would lose a fourth-round pick in the next draft and a second week of OTAs.


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