Section 2(a)Regular Season and Postseason
Commencing with a Club’s first regular season game, all players will be permitted at least one day off each calendar week (i.e., Sunday-Saturday) of the regular season. All players will be permitted at least three days off after playing a Thursday game unless the Club has consecutive Thursday games. In such a case, players will be permitted at least one day off following the first Thursday game, and players will be permitted at least three days off following the second Thursday game. Days off following Thursday games and days off under Article 24, Section 2 (Bye Weeks) of this Agreement shall satisfy the Club’s obligation to permit players at least one day off each calendar week of the regular season. During the postseason, all players will be permitted days off at the rate of four days per month as determined by the Club.
During Preseason Training Camp, as that term is defined in Article 23, Section 10 of this Agreement, all players will be permitted at least six days off subject to the rules set forth in this Subsection. The first mandatory day off for all players on the Club shall be on the day following the completion of the on-field acclimation period described in Article 23, Section 6 for players who report to training camp on the mandatory reporting date for veteran players, as specified in Article 23, Section 5. Thereafter, all players will be permitted at least one day off every seven days until the Club’s first preseason game. During the period following the Club’s first preseason game until the Sunday immediately preceding the first game of the NFL regular season, all players will be permitted one day off on the first or second day immediately following each of the Club’s preseason games except for players whose Club has a game scheduled on the fifth day (or sooner) following the Club’s immediately prior game. In no event shall players have fewer than six days off during the period between the mandatory reporting date for veteran players to an individual Club’s preseason training camp and the Sunday immediately preceding the first game of the NFL regular season. During any preseason day off players may not be given a curfew at the end of the 24-hour period any sooner than 10:30pm. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, if after a preseason game the visiting Club arrives at its home city or the location of its training camp after 12:00 a.m., local time, and the Club elects to give players that day off (e.g., players returning after midnight on the Sunday following a Saturday game who are given that Sunday off), players may be required to report back to the Club no earlier than 10:00 a.m., local time, on the day following the day off (e.g., 10:00 a.m. on Monday after the Sunday day off).