49ers Training Camp: Full 2016 Preview for San Francisco
Training Camp Schedule
As we mentioned earlier, training camp opens this Saturday, July 30, where only conditioning is allowed. Both the veterans and rookies will be reporting on Saturday. Per NFL rules, the players cannot practice until the following day. The first practice in pads will be Tuesday, August 2.
Section 6 of Article 23 of the rules explains how practice can be conducted, and what limitations exist, per David Fucillo of Niners Nation:
"(a) The first day of a Club’s preseason training camp shall be limited to physical examinations, meetings, and classroom instruction; no on-field activities shall be permitted other than running and conditioning. No contact shall be permitted and no pads shall be worn during the second and third days of Preseason Training Camp. Thereafter, two-a-day practices shall be permitted, subject to the following rules: (i) players may be on the field for a total of no more than four hours per day; (ii) players may participate in no more than one padded practice per day, which shall be no longer than three hours of on-field activities; (iii) there must be at least a three hour break after the practice; and (iv) the second practice on the same day may only be for a maximum of the remaining available on-field time, and shall be limited to only “walk-through” instruction (i.e., no helmets, full-speed pre-snap, and walking pace after the snap). The three-hour limit on padded practices shall begin as soon as position coaches begin to coach players on the field. The definition of a “padded practice” under this Article shall be the same as the definition used for regular season practices in Article 24, Section 1(c) of this Agreement. In the event that a Club begins a padded practice but such practice is cancelled within sixty minutes of its commencement due to inclement weather or for any other reason beyond the Club’s control, such practice shall not count as a padded practice under this Article or Article 24."
The 49ers will hold a practice on Wednesday, August 10 at their former home of Kezar Stadium to kick off the organization’s 70th anniversary season. The 49ers played at Kezar Stadium from their inception in 1946 up to 1970. It is their first practice there in 12 years. The practice is set for 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (local time) and will be followed by a youth football exhibition.
“As we laid out our plans to celebrate 70 storied years of 49ers football, the idea of bringing the team back to its original home for a practice session in front of our great fans in the heart of San Francisco was the idea we found most exciting,” said 49ers President Al Guido via 49ers.com. “Returning to the team’s roots at Kezar will make for a special day not only for our fans, but also the team.”
Injured players, such as Dorsey, fellow defensive lineman Williams and rookie cornerback Will Redmond have had the opportunity to report to camp up to 15 days early, as part of Article 23, Section 5 of the CBA, per Fucillo:
"No veteran player other than quarterbacks and injured players, will be required to report to a Club’s official preseason training camp earlier than fifteen days (including one day for physical examinations, meetings, classroom instruction, running, and conditioning) prior to his Club’s first scheduled preseason game or July 15, whichever is later. The July 15 date shall not apply to Clubs participating in the Canton Hall of Fame Game or any American Bowl game scheduled around the Canton Hall of Fame Game date. For purposes of this Section, an “injured player” shall not include a player who fully participates in all Phase Three activities and the Mandatory Veteran Minicamp during the club’s offseason workout program during the League Year in question."
All of these guys are eligible as none of them participated in any of the Phase Three activities and minicamp.
The 49ers have also organized two joint practices with the Texans and the Broncos. The joint practice with the Texans is set for Friday, August 12 with the game at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 14 at Levi’s Stadium.
There are two practices with the Broncos, which will be Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 18 with the game on Saturday, August 20 at 4:00 p.m. at Sports Authority Field (yes, it’s still called this) in Denver.
The Packers game follows on Friday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Levi’s Stadium, and the preseason concludes against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
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