He New England Patriots have been stripped of two days of organized team activities (OTA) due to an offseason violation, according to multiple reports.

The Patriots had already been two days in their OTA schedule when they announced on Wednesday that Thursday’s session, which would have been open to the media, was cancelled.

Coach Bill Belichick walks between drills as the New England Patriots hold their third day of training camp on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. (John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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Sources told ESPN that this week’s session and another session next week were taken away from the team due to an offseason rule violation.

Pro Football Talk separately reported that an off-season special teams meeting was the source of the violation. Sources told the outlet that the meeting was optional but made visible in the formal program, that the NFL Players Association he said he made it «mandatory».

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Head coach Bill Belichick at the Patriots training camp at Gillette Stadium. (Carlin Stiehl for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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The Patriots currently have OTAs scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week and five more in the first two weeks of June. Mandatory minicamp begins June 12.

According to NFL Network, Tuesday’s session has been cancelled.

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The New England Patriots logo on a helmet during a Cincinnati Bengals game on December 24, 2022 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Erica Denhoff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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The NFL scrapped practices for several teams last season, including the chicago bears, after they violated the league’s rules for no-contact practices during the offseason.

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