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Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:34 am
Edited on: July 19, 2011 8:48 am
 


Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's Day 126 of the lockout but here's the latest evidence that the 2011 NFL season could be just days away: PFT reported Monday night that the Packers are telling their players to be ready to show up on Saturday, July 23. And ESPN Wisconsin Packers beat writer Jason Wilde seconded the report, calling it "100 percent true" after confirming with two sources.

Specifically, PFT writes: "Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Packers are telling players that the doors will open on Friday, and that the team wants the players in town in order to get started on preparations for training camp and the preseason."

This comes four days after Lions linebacker Zack Follett tweeted that he "Just received word it would be the 25th of July we would be able to report back if a deal got done. Pending approval by all parties."

As we mentioned last week, until the owners and players agree on a new collective bargaining agreement everything is "pending approval," but the two sides have come a long way in the last few weeks, and there's now every reason to believe we'll have actual football very soon.

What this means for the August 7 Hall of Fame Game between the Bears and the Rams is another matter, and there are still the logistics of working out a supplemental draft, and an abbreviated free-agency signing period, along with training camps and the preseason.

But if teams are telling players to be ready to go to work this weekend (even if the NFL hasn't technically given them permission to do so), things are moving in the right direction, and quickly.

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Comments

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

Spoken like a true, bitter Bears fan. BTW drop the caps!!!



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 1:55 pm
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

For those concerned with Green Bay breaking any rules, don't worry.  Everyone loves the Packers.  Nothing to see here.  Contrary to those down South, the Packers are AMERICA's TEAM.  Remember famous words by those before us: "Value your religion, your family, and the Green Bay Packers."



Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

PACKERS CHEATING ALREADY. SAY IT IS NOT SO. THERE NOT THAT KINDA FOOTBALL TEAM ARE THEY? OH YEAH I FORGOT THEY SOME HOW WON THE SUPERBOWL.   WELL THINGS NEVER CHANGE I GUESS ONCE YOU CHEAT AND GET AWAY WITH IT YOUR BOUND TO KEEP DOING IT. WE BEARS FANS NEED TO SUPPORT THE OFFICIALS RETIREMENT PENSION THEN MAYBE WE CAN BE A DESIGNATED  SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM AGAIN.   



Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

Are you one of the lawyers die hard?



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

Wait...  The Packers told the players to be ready to be at camp, when the teams CANNOT speak with players until this deal is signed?  Someone's breaking some rules there.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

I'm very interested to see how the lockout will impact the Packers. On one hand, they have a ton of free agents to sign and might lose a few of them. On the other hand, they were ravaged by injuries last year and won the Super Bowl. They're the typical "next man up" franchise, much like the Steelers and Patriots. As long as Rodgers, Woodson, Raji and Driver are playing, they'll be fine. Sadly.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:21 am
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

"Son, number 12 is Aaron Rogers, number 90 is BJ Rajii, and number 52 is Clay matthews"
"How come all the Bears are number 11, dad?"
"That's not number 11, son, those are tire tracks."



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:05 am
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

Packers Tweet: Hey football fans, it looks like we are close to sealing the deal on the new CBA. It would be super if our players were able to make it out to the facilities by, say Saturday, just in case we are allowed to open the doors Friday. We're not allowed to communicate directly with our players, though. [wink]




Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 10:50 am
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

Please. NFL teams are communicating with their players about the status of the lockout. Shocker. Player reps are part of the process, so obviously players are getting info. Are teams recruiting free agents or negotiating contracts? Of course not.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 10:46 am
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

WHO told the players what to do?  The Packers? 
If so, next question: Will the league fine the Packers for engaging in contact with the players in violation of the terms of the lockout (which is still in place so far as I've heard)?  Launch the investigation . . .


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