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Players allowed to work out in groups

Posted on: March 17, 2011 5:31 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Some (relatively) big news has emerged from the NFLPA’s annual meeting in Marco Island, Fla.

National reporters are there, including CBSSports.com’s own Clark Judge, and the development today, via Foxsports.com, is that the trade association has agreed to allow players to work out together in monitored group and individual sessions.

"(Players) want to be ready to go at a moment's notice," NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said. "They're preparing themselves and continuing to work out so if the (lockout) is lifted, guys can go back to work and will be in shape and you won't see a decline in the players' ability to perform at a very, very high level.

"That's one of the things going on: How do we make sure we're prepared to get back on the field? That's our No. 1 goal here."

There was talk earlier in this process that the NFLPA didn’t want players working out during a lockout, because it might give some leverage to the former union against the owners to get a deal done before, say, Sept. 1.

But when Saints QB Drew Brees, one of the lead plaintiffs on the Brady v NFL case, talked about getting teammates together to work out in New Orleans, it was clear the NFLPA likely would make this move.

The association is teaming up with Athletes’ Performance to help the players train, since the team-employed training staffs obviously are off-limits.

"Each guy can roll through for 2 1/2 days, leave to see their family and come back or stay continuously through the offseason," said Mark Verstegen, the NFLPA's director of player performance since 2004. "It's our culture through the NFL Players Association to make sure the players have the best support.”

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Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: March 17, 2011 9:32 pm
 

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Back in previous strikes the players actually played some exhibition games on  their own,  They weren't popular but it put some worried looks on the  faces of the owners.  The league is about the players, the so called "owners" are just stewards of the game.


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