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“It means a much safer practice when there is less contact,” Montgomery said, “and players are not as beat up and they are less likely to get major injuries. When players will feel more healthy and rested as we finish training camps, they will feel better prepared and will perform optimally at each practice rather than, say, having just six hours of recovery after two-a-day sessions.”

Montgomery sees an added benefit to that: Veterans who abhorred the old-style training camps just might stick around the game longer.

“Wouldn’t you like to keep a LaDainian Tomlinson around the younger guys and in the locker room as an influence?” he said.