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It’s almost that time.

The time when you are starting your NFL career or trying to keep it going.

It’s camp time.

No, that camp where you canoe, make s’mores and sit by a campfire.

No telling scary stories.

Nope, not even singing Kumbaya.

It’s NFL Training Camp. Before you know it, the regular season will be here on the Thursday after Labor Day.

Time to deal with the heat, mosquitoes big enough to carry small children away, the humidity and fighting with other players just to get one spot of the 53 on an NFL roster. The playbooks you got in college? They’re puny compared to the ones in the NFL. You’ll be learning things with a new language that will sound like Greek to you.

You’ll sleep in dorms for the first time since you graduated from college and have team meetings almost every day. Remember, you’re fighting for a job and if you’re a rookie, you’ve got to prove to your team why they drafted you; if you’re a veteran, you’re proving that you want to stay on with your team.

Heat, sweat, cramps, fights. Rookies trying to prove themselves. Veterans trying to get that last roster spot so they can get a game check each week. Whether you’re the defending Super Bowl champs or that team trying to climb their way out of the bottom, it all starts in camp. This is your chance as a player to prove yourself or having a coach, equipment manager or ballboy walk up to you and say those dreadful words, “coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.” That means you’re being cut. Don’t look at it like the world has come to an end. All 32 teams watch tape and those teams that need a player that could fit into their program will say, “why did they cut him?” It’s the first step toward the Lombardi. It’s not the easy and it was never meant to be that way. It’s football and with the NFL’s 100th anniversary coming, it’s going to be a somewhat exciting summer, even if the games don’t mean that much.

Most camps and practices are open to the media and the general public. Check your team’s website for dates and times, mind your manners, bring the suncreen and bug spray. Below are the teams with the camp site and dates. If you see two dates, that means that the rookies report first and then the veteran players; if you see only one date, that means that both rookies and veterans report.

Arizona – State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (7/17, 7/24)
Atlanta – Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia (7/18, 7/21)
Baltimore – Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland (7/17, 7/24)
Buffalo – St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York (7/22, 7/24)
Carolina – Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (7/24)
Chicago – Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois (7/22, 7/25)
Cincinnati – Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (7/24, 7/26)
Cleveland – Cleveland Browns Training Complex in Berea, Ohio (7/24)
Dallas – Marriott Residence Inn in Oxnard, California (7/26)
Denver – University of Colorado Health Training Center in Englewood (7/17)
Detroit – Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park, Michigan (7/18, 7/24
Green Bay – St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (7/22, 7/24)
Houston – Houston Methodist Training Center in Houston, Texas (7/21, 7/24)
Indianapolis – Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana (7/21, 7/24)
Jacksonville – TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida (7/22, 7/24)
Kansas City – Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph (7/23, 7/26)
Los Angeles Chargers – Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California (7/24)
Los Angeles Rams – University of California, Irvine (7/24, 7/26)
Miami – Baptist Health Training Facility in Davie, Florida (7/21, 7/24)
Minnesota – TCO Performance Center in Eagan (7/22, 7/25
New York Giants – Quest Diagnostics Training Facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey (7/22, 7/24)
New York Jets – Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey (7/19, 7/24)
New England – Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (7/21, 7/24)
New Orleans – New Orleans Saints Training Facility Metairie, Louisiana (7/18, 7/25)
Oakland – Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, California (7/23, 7/26)
Philadelphia – NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia (7/24)
Pittsburgh – Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (7/24, 7/25)
San Francisco – SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, California (7/26
Seattle – Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington (7/17, 7/24)
Tampa Bay – AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa, Florida (7/21, 7/25)
Tennessee – Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville (7/22, 7/25)
Washington – Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia (7/24)

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date (Cincinnati will hold its first camp practice in Dayton, OH).

Sunday Broadcast Information (All Times Listed are Eastern)

Jacksonville at New England, 3:05 p.m. on CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter), Jay Feely (Field reporter); WESTWOOD ONE: Kevin Kugler, Dan Fouts, Ed Werder; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWwood1), 83 (Jacksonville), 82 (New England); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Jacksonville), 82 (New England)

Minnesota at Philadelphia, 6:40 p.m. on FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter), Chris Myers (Field reporter); WESTWOOD ONE: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Minnesota), 82 (Philadelphia);| XM: 88 (WestWwood1), 83 (Minnesota), 82 (Philadelphia)

Sunday’s Officials
Jacksonville at New England, 3:05 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Minnesota at Philadelphia, 6:40 p.m.: Ed Hochuli

Sunday Odds (Home teams listed in CAPS)
Favorite           Spread      Underdog         O/U
NEW ENGLAND        –  9        Jacksonville     46
Minnesota          –  3        PHILADELPHIA     39

Sunday Injury Report

Jacksonville at New England, 3:05 p.m.


QUESTIONABLE: S Tashaun Gipson (Foot)

New England

QUESTIONABLE: QB Tom Brady (Right Hand), T LaAdrian Waddle (Knee), DT Alan Branch (Knee), RB Michael Burkhead (Knee), RB Mike Gillslee (Knee)

Minnesota at Philadelphia, 6:40 p.m.


OUT: DT Shamar Stephen (Knee)

QUESTIONABLE: CB Mackensie Alexander (Rib), S Andrew Sendejo (Concussion), WR Adam Thielen (Back)


QUESTIONABLE: LB Dannell Ellerbe (Hamstring)

Sunday Weather

Jacksonville at New England, 3:05 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 46 degrees
Minnesota at Philadelphia, 6:40 p.m.: Overcast and 46 degrees

Broadcast Information, Officials and Injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel


Championship Sunday Broadcast Information (All Times Eastern)

NFC Championship – Green Bay at ATLANTA, 3:05 p.m. on FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers (Field reporters). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Tony Boselli (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Green Bay), 82 (Atlanta). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Green Bay), 82 (Atlanta).

AFC Championship – Pittsburgh at New England, 6:40 p.m. on CBS: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely (Field reporters). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Ross Tucker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Pittsburgh), 82 (New England). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Pittsburgh), 82 (New England).

Sunday Officials
NFC Championship: Green Bay at ATLANTA, 3:05 p.m. – Bill Vinovich
AFC Championship: Pittsburgh at New England, 6:40 p.m. – Terry McAulay

Sunday Odds
Favorite                Spread    Underdog              O/U
ATLANTA                 –  4      Green Bay             61
NEW ENGLAND             –  6      Pittsburgh            51

Sunday Injury Report

Green Bay at ATLANTA, 3:05 p.m.

Green Bay
OUT: RB James Starks (Concussion), C Joseph Tretter (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Davante Adams (Ankle), WR Geronimo Allison (Hamstring), WR Jordy Nelson (Ribs), S Morgan Burnett (Quad), CB Quinten Rollins (Neck)

ATLANTA – Atlanta reported no injuries

Pittsburgh at New England, 6:40 p.m.

QUESTIONABLE: LB James Harrison (Shoulder), RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (Concussion), TE Ladarius Green (Concussion)

New England
QUESTIONABLE: WR Danny Amendola (Ankle), TE Martellus Bennett (Knee), RB Brandon Bolden (Knee), LB Qualin Hightower (Knee), WR Chris Hogan (Thigh), WR Malcom Mitchell (Knee), DE Jabaal Sheard (Knee)

Sunday Weather
NFC: Green Bay at ATLANTA, 3:05 p.m. on FOX (Game indoors)
AFC: Pittsburgh at New England, 6:40 p.m. on CBS (Cloudy and 42 degrees)

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.