Today we have the first baby steps toward the start of the 2013 season, which is 146 days away.

The offseason workout program starts at Redskins Park today. The CBA limits the activities to conditioning and nothing really resembling football can take place until OTA’s start next month. In fact, for the most part, footballs can’t even be used.

For the first two weeks of the program, “activities shall be limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only,” per the CBA. To make sure that only conditioning takes place, only strength and conditioning coaches are allowed to be on the field. Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan, Jim Haslett, and the rest can’t even observe from the field.

To further ensure that no football activities take place, no footballs are allowed, with one exception. Quarterbacks can throw to uncovered receivers.

After the first two weeks the coaches can take field, individual instruction and drill can take place and plays involving the entire offense or defense can be run against air. Helmets can’t be worn during this phase. The helmets will go on when OTA’s start on May 20.

All of the offseason activities are voluntary for all players with the exception of the minicamp June 10-13. The Redskins typically have a very high participation rate Shanahan strongly encourages attendance.

Some players took to Twitter to say that they're excited about getting things going.