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Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 05/21/2012

‘It’s football season’: Redskins kick off OTAs


Robert Griffin III will take snaps against the Redskins’ second-team defense at this week’s OTAs. (John McDonnell - THE WASHINGTON POST)
On Monday morning, the Washington Redskins kick off their first of three offseason practice sessions — otherwise known as OTAs — that will take place this week. The team has held voluntary conditioning workouts for the last month and two weeks ago held their rookie minicamp. Now the team’s sessions will take on more of a practice style.

The Redskins will practice Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and will have additional sessions the next two weeks and them hold their mandatory three-day minicamp June 12-14. The players then will receive a break until training camp kicks off at the end of July.

NFL rules limit teams to 10 OTA sessions – down from 14 in previous years – and the restrictions state that there will be no hitting between players during these practices.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan had said earlier this month that with the team fielding a 90-man roster, the setup will feature the first-team offense, led by Robert Griffin III, vs. the second-team defense on one field, and the second-team offense, led by Rex Grossman and Kirk Cousins, vs. the first-team defense on the other.

“To blend the veteran and rookies together for the first time is critical,” General Manager Bruce Allen said on Friday at the Mickey Steele Celebrity Golf Tournament. “The attitude has been very good during the offseason workout program, and it’s an exciting time. It’s football season.”

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