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SBD/March 28, 2011/Franchises
NFL Lockout Watch, Day 17: Uncertainty Hampering Player Workouts
Published March 28, 2011
WORKING THINGS OUT: In Ft. Lauderdale, Omar Kelly reports some Dolphins players are "organizing a player-run offseason program that's set to begin" today at Nova Southeastern Univ.'s "weight room and athletic fields." Sources said that Dolphins OT Jake Long is "coordinating the weightlifting and workout sessions with the help of" QB Chad Henne. But with "many players living outside South Florida in the offseason and planning to train on their own until the lockout ends, the level of participation isn't expected to be high." Many agents for Dolphins players have "advised their clients not to participate in player-only workouts" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 3/28). Chiefs S Jon McGraw and C Rudy Niswanger said that they are "planning to organize some team conditioning sessions in Kansas City." Niswanger: "As far as guys getting together -- working out, running -- I think that's a great thing guys should do." But he added, "The only issue is: If guys get together and start throwing and running routes and doing some practice-type drills, we just have to be careful about that. ... If a bunch of guys get together and hurt themselves, they're done. The team has no responsibility. The team can release the player and not pay him anything" (K.C. STAR, 3/27).
GETTING TOGETHER: In Chicago, Vaughn McClure reported free agent WR Rashied Davis "intends to help organize" QBs and WRs for workouts "within the next few weeks as the NFL owners' lockout is keeping players from Halas Hall." Davis is "interested in" the AFL Chicago Rush's "main practice facility inside Allstate Arena." Rush officials said that they "would be open to the idea," and McClure noted "getting approval from Allstate Arena management shouldn't be an insurmountable problem" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/25). In Charlotte, Joseph Person noted Panthers players "who live in Charlotte year-round are popping up at gyms around the city." Panthers FB Tony Fiammetta: "We have that great support staff when we're at the stadium. But right now it's just us." Fiammetta "spends about $500 a month for the services" of former Panthers speed and conditioning consultant Jeremy Boone "and a local chiropractor" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/27).