INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 4: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts works out as quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen looks on during a rookie minicamp at the team facility on May 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

OTA Schedule Starts This Week For Most NFL Teams

Organized Team Activities (OTA) are picking up this week for most NFL teams. OTAs are essentially a series of practices but do not include pads nor live hitting.

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Brian Urlacher Expected To Miss Rest Of Bears OTAs

The Chicago Bears, along with most other teams in the NFL, began organized team activities this week. One of the players present, but not participating in the OTAs, was linebacker Brian Urlacher, who suffered a knee injury in the final game of last season.

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that Urlacher is still rehabbing the knee and declining to participate in OTAs, instead focusing on getting back to 100 percent.

"It's getting better," Urlacher said. "I'm on schedule, so I feel good. At this stage, I know the defense pretty well. I'm not worried about being out there and not knowing what I'm doing."

When asked about when he feels he'll be taking full practices, Urlacher had this to say:

"Definitely training camp, I think," he said. "The OTAs are not as important."

Some of the second-string linebackers will get in more reps with Urlacher sitting out until training camp.

For all news and information regarding the Chicago Bears, please visit Windy City Girdiron or stop by SB Nation Chicago. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more updates on OTAs from around the NFL.

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Peyton Manning Takes The Field At Broncos OTAs

Peyton Manning hit the field in a Denver Broncos uniform for the team's first OTA practice Monday, and unsurprisingly, there were a lot of fascinated reporters and bloggers. Monday's workout was the the first time members of the media had seen Manning throw since 2011 training camp. According to reports, he apparently looked like the Manning of old, throwing with plenty of zip and accuracy.

Manning sounded happy with his performance after the workout.

"It felt good to be out there. I haven't really been out there like this for a year and a half. It's a day I've been waiting on for a long time," Manning said. "I've always believed you develop your timing for the passing game in the offseason. You can't just show up in September and expect to be on the same page. Offseason workouts, it's a great time to make an impression on the coaches. Coaches are always evaluating, so there are a lot of benefits from this work."

Manning apparently wasted no time taking command of the offense. He was reportedly directing his receivers, backs and linemen throughout the practice. Head coach John Fox was pleased.

"He's getting better every day. His progress has been outstanding. We're excited where he is. I think he's pretty good right now, and we think he'll get better. He definitely raises all boats, that's for sure. That's not just with the young players, but with the veterans."

For more on Manning and Broncos OTAs, check out Mile High Report and SB Nation Denver. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more updates from around the NFL.

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Several Injured Lions Players Return At OTAs

The Detroit Lions got some good news with OTAs starting up. Several key injured players showed up to participate in Monday's activities. Running backs Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure participated after spending last season on injured reserve, while rookie wide receiver Ryan Broyles also made an appearance. It is still unclear whether or not they were limited.

Best played in just six games before a concussion derailed his season. He at least saw the field unlike Leshoure, who tore his ACL before his rookie season even started. Broyles tore his ACL playing for the Oklahoma Sooners last season, and is still in the recovery process.

All three players should play an important role during the 2012 season. The Lions still hope that Leshoure can become the thunder to Best's lightning in the running game. Broyles, meanwhile, is expected to compete to become the team's primary slot receiver.

For more on the Lions' offseason, head over to the SB Nation blog Pride of Detroit. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more from OTAs.

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Titus Young Not At Lions OTAs After Fight With Teammate

Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young was held out of OTAs on Monday as discipline for a fight last week with safety Louis Delmas during voluntary workouts. There is no word yet on how much time he will miss. Delmas attended and participated in activities Monday.

When asked about the incident, head coach Jim Schwartz declined to comment.

"This is the voluntary part of our offseason program," Schwartz said. "There is no need to comment. It sort of entails that it is not voluntary. I'm not going to comment on any other thing, other than (Stephen) Tulloch (who will miss the next few weeks to an injury) because Tulloch will be down for a significant period of time."

After the two players got into a confrontation, Young reportedly punched Delmas when he wasn't looking. The Lions' 2011 NFL Draft class continues to give the team headaches with running back Mikel Leshoure, defensive lineman Nick Fairley and offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath all having been cited for marijuana possession this offseason.

For more on the Lions' offseason, head over to the SB Nation blog Pride of Detroit. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more from OTAs.

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OTA Schedule Starts This Week For Most NFL Teams

Organized Team Activities (OTA) are picking up this week for most NFL teams. OTAs are essentially a series of practices but do not include pads nor live hitting.

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