Late July: Training camps open (the Vikings report on July 29 with the first practice July 31).
Aug. 9: Pro Football Hall of Fame game, Canton, Ohio (Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans).
Aug. 13-17: First preseason weekend.
Sept. 1: Roster cutdown to maximum of 75 players.
Sept. 5: Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players.
Sept. 10-14: Kickoff 2009 weekend.
Oct. 12-13: NFL Fall meeting, Boston, Mass.
Oct. 20: Trading deadline (3 p.m. Central).
Oct. 25: International series, London, England (New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
Jan. 3: Regular season ends.
Jan. 9-10: Wild Card playoffs.
Jan. 16-17: Divisional playoffs.
Jan. 24: Conference championships.
Jan. 31: AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, South Florida (ESPN).
Feb. 7: Super Bowl XLIV, South Florida (CBS).
Feb. 24-March 2: NFL Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, Ind.
March 5: Free agency begins.
March 21-24: NFL Annual Meeting, Orlando, Fla.
Early May: NFL Draft, New York City.
May 24-26: NFL Spring meeting, Dallas, Tex.
NFL important dates: 2009-2010
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