NFL Training camp opens

Our long, football-less nightmare begins to end: Veterans report to NFL training camp

7/26/12 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - NFL Training camp opensIf you feel total obsession with NFL football is a part of a healthy psychological regimen, today marks the first footsteps out of the long and empty wilderness of the NFL off-season. As of today, most NFL teams have had veterans report and officially begun their training camp for the 2012 NFL season.

Eleven teams reported Wednesday, and eleven more required veterans to report today -- meaning most of our beloved NFL teams are now in camp. The Seahawks, Titans, Panthers and Texans require veterans to report Friday. Colts and Rams veterans report Saturday, and the Raiders and Bears report Sunday.

We have a lot of cool firsts of the 2013 NFL season already. Peyton Manning made his public debut as a Denver Bronco at Broncos training camp Thursday morning. Maurice Jones-Drew officially became your first big-name holdout by not showing up for Jaguars camp Thursday morning. 

There are not yet any reports of a training camp fight or brawl.

Blog Photo - NFL Training camp opens
Still, some interesting things have gone down. Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end and noted beard-wearer Brett Keisel showed up for Steelers camp this morning driving a Kubota  M4070 model front-loading tractor. The New Orleans Saints opened up camp with an interim coach who will be suspended for the opening of the season, and still no idea who will be their head coach in the first six regular season games.

Running back Joseph Addai became your first big-name training camp roster cut when he failed his conditioning test with the Patriots Wednesday. Lofa Tatupu, now with the Atlanta Falcons, already suffered the first significant camp injury in a weight room mishap last week. He'll miss the entire season.

Your first actual pre-season game will be played a week from Sunday, when the New Orleans Saints play the Arizona Cardinals in the Hall of Fame Game, Sunday August 5 at 8pm EDT/ 5pm PDT on the NFL Network.
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7/27/12   |   horacenick   |   5 respect

This is my favorite time of the year!