If the NFL Draft doesn't mark the dawn of a new season, April mini-camp certainly does.
Tuesday the Green Bay Packers opened their first mini-camp of 2003 with veteran players reporting to Lambeau Field to attend meetings and undergo physical testing.
Players also were fitted for equipment, ranging from helmets to mouthguards.
Practices for the veterans begin Wednesday, with rookies entering the mix Friday.
Mini-Camp Practice Schedule
Wed., April 30 - 11 a.m. (veterans)*
Thurs., May 1 - 11 a.m. (veterans)*
Fri., May 2 - 10:30 a.m. (veterans & rookies), 2:45 p.m. (rookies & selected veterans)*
Sat., May 3 - 10:30 a.m. (veterans & rookies), 2:45 p.m. (rookies & selected veterans)*
Sun. May 4 - 9:30 a.m. (rookies & selected veterans)*
* All practices are scheduled to be held at Clarke Hinkle Field (open to public), unless inclement weather or poor field conditions require practices to be moved inside the Don Huston Center (closed to public).