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Miami Dolphins offseason workouts, minicamp dates announced

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It is already time to start looking at the calendar for the Dolphins’ 2017 prep.

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The Miami Dolphins have scheduled the start of their 2017 offseason workout program, to include their mandatory minicamp. Under the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association, each team can hold a voluntary nine-week offseason program, with that time-frame broken into three phases.

Phase one of the program will feature strength and conditioning work for players, along with an rehabilitation work needed. This phase lasts for the first two weeks.

Phase two runs over the next three weeks of the offseason program and begins to incorporate on-field workouts. These workouts are limited to individual player instruction and drills, as well as team practices conducted on a “separates” basis.

Phase three will be the final four weeks of the program. During these weeks, the teams will be allowed to hold 10 days of “Organized Team Activities.” During this OTAs, teams may conduct 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills.

Teams are also allowed one mandatory veteran minicamp, which must take place during phase three of the program.

No live contact or tackling is allowed during the offseason program.

Teams may also hold a mandatory rookie minicamp, which will be held on either the first- or second-weekend following the NFL Draft. Those workouts have not been scheduled.

The Dolphins will begin their offseason program on April 17. They will move into phase two of the program on May 1, then progress to phase three on May 22. They will hold their first OTA from May 23-25, their second from May 30-June 1, and their final one from June 5-8. The mandatory minicamp will be June 13-15.

Following minicamp, the team will break until the start of training camp in late July.