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Cowboys offseason dates announced

IRVING, Texas – While a good number of players are already at Valley Ranch working out on their own in groups, the Dallas Cowboys' official offseason program starts April 20.

The organized team activities will run from May 26-28, June 2-4 and June 8-10. The media has been given access one day a week to the OTAs in the past.

The mandatory minicamp will run from June 16-18, with the veterans off until training camp at the end of July.

As a review, here are the offseason rules, straight from the NFL’s release:

Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program, with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts can include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team-offense-vs.-team-defense drills are permitted.

Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs.” No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.