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The Miami Dolphins will have players start reporting back to the team today.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It officially begins today. For the first time in 2016, the Miami Dolphins can officially welcome players back into the team facilities and begin workouts. Monday marks the start of the team's offseason workouts, which will eventually build to on-the-field work in "Organized Team Activities," or OTAs, and minicamps.

The NFL's offseason workout program is broken into three phases, with defined events authorized during each phase.

Phase One is the first two weeks of the offseason program, and players may only work on strength and conditioning, as well as any needed rehabilitation work.

Phase Two is a three-week period in which players can start to get back on the field. They are limited to just individual instruction and drills, and can conduct "separates" work in team sessions.

Phase Three consists of the last four weeks of the offseason program. Teams are allowed 10 days of OTAs during this period, and can hold 7-on-7 drills, 9-on-7 drills, and full 11-on-11 drills. They can also hold the only mandatory event during the offseason, a veteran minicamp, during this phase.

No live contact is authorized during the offseason program.

Miami, as one of the six teams to change head coaches this offseason, is also authorized a voluntary veteran minicamp.

The team has scheduled the voluntary minicamp for April 26-28. The OTAs will be May 24-26, May 31-June 2, and June 6-9. The mandatory minicamp will end the offseason program June 14-16.