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Key NFL dates ahead for Patriots

A few key NFL dates ahead for the Patriots:

June 23-29 -- Rookie symposium (Aurora, Ohio)

July 11 -- Supplemental draft (if necessary)

Mid-to-late July -- Training camp opens (date TBA*)

Aug. 27 -- Roster cutdown from 90 to 75 (by 4 p.m. ET)

Aug. 31 -- Roster cutdown from 75 to 53 (by 6 p.m. ET)

Sept. 1 -- Practice squads may be formed (12 p.m. ET)

Sept. 3 -- Clubs may be able to place a player on reserve/injured -- designated to return (4 p.m.)

Oct. 15 -- Clubs may begin practicing players on the physically unable to perform list

Oct. 29 -- Trading deadline (4 p.m. ET)

Dec. 30 -- Clubs may begin signing players for the 2014 season; earliest date to renegotiate or extend contracts of members of 2011 draft class

Jan. 4-5 -- Wild Card playoff games

Jan. 11-12 -- Divisional playoff games

Jan. 19 -- Conference championship games

Jan. 26 -- Pro Bowl (Hawaii)

Feb. 2 -- Super Bowl (N.Y.)

Feb. 17 -- First day to designate franchise/transition players

Feb. 19-25 -- NFL Combine (Indianapolis)

March 3 -- Deadline for teams to use franchise/transition tags

March 8-11 -- Clubs may negotiate with free agents (but a contract can not be executed)

March 11 -- Free agency begins (4 p.m.)

March 23-26 -- Annual NFL Meeting (Orlando)

April 21 -- Clubs with returning head coach may begin offseason programs

May 8-10 -- NFL Draft

* Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players no earlier than 22 days prior to the club's first preseason game (Aug. 9; Patriots at Eagles). Veteran players may report to a club's preseason training camp no earlier than 15 days prior to the club's first preseason game.