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THE QUESTION

Should the NFL Make OTAs Official Practices?

With injuries in unofficial practices back in the spotlight following Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's minor knee injury on Wednesday, should the NFL ban "Organized Team Activities" altogether, forcing them to be called official practices?

Posted by Cameron Smith on June 4, 2009 9:13 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Injuries Can't Close OTAs

Every year a prominent player is injured in the supposedly non-contact Organized Team Activities that occur throughout the "off-season," leading to a groundswell of support to eliminate the workouts entirely, or to at least redefine the "voluntary" nature of the workouts.

Posted by Rob Rang, on June 4, 2009 3:16 PM

OTAs Command Control

If teams stopped all OTAs, minicamps and conditioning programs the quality of the league would not drop. But the coaches would feel like they have less control. Because of that, they will continue.

Posted by Les Carpenter, on June 4, 2009 11:55 AM

A Necessary Evil

In the end, OTAs are a necessary evil for players and teams due to the inherent risk of injuries. The best way to proceed would be capping the number of veterans involved, and encouraging teams to use the practices to develop their younger talent.

Posted by Peter Schaffer, on June 4, 2009 10:10 AM

What's the Difference?

Tell any player on the bubble that a team activity isn't required, whether it's implied or not, and he's likely to laugh in your face. As the NFL moves toward creating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (we hope), the difference should either be delineated or eliminated.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on June 4, 2009 7:54 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

ozpunk: Nah the OTAs are just fine; it gives the rookies some time to learn the new system without the physical contact and time for the veterans to...

jerkhoff: So the best comment the WP can find to post is from a snob who describes football as "brutality masked as a sport?" What a load of crap......

madmax8600: They're grown men who get paid millions of dollars a year to play a game. If they want to practice off season that's their choice. BTW, is...

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