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NFL announces offseason workout schedule; Buffalo Bills start April 16

The Bills will be back on the field in two weeks.

NFL: Buffalo Bills-Minicamp Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, the NFL released it’s schedule for every team’s offseason workout schedule, totaling nine weeks of workouts, over three separate phases.

The Buffalo Bills will start their first phase, two weeks of strength and conditioning drills, on April 16.

The second phase of the offseason program runs two days a week for four weeks. During this phase, the team is allowed individual and team drills on a “separates basis”, meaning no offense vs. defense drills. There is also no hitting allowed in this phase.

The third and final phase of the offseason workout program are Organized Team Activities, or OTAs. These OTAs take place on 10 days over four weeks. This is the first time offense may compete against the defense. The drills allowed in OTAs are 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11, but no full contact is allowed until training camp.

The dates for Phase Three are May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-5, and June 7-8.

Teams are also allowed rookie camps, taking place over seven weeks, but the dates have not been released yet.

Mandatory team mini-camp will be June 12-14 for the Bills.