It was long assumed that, if/when a lockout started, players from various teams would find a way to organize their own workouts and practices. Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Dolphins players hope to get together for lockout workouts and practices, but that agents are advising them to avoid risking injury.
Though most agents realize that players need to stay in shape, unsupervised football practices can result in injuries. If the injury is serious, players can land on the non-football injury list and not be paid a penny in 2011 once the lockout ends.
Kelly points out that agent Drew Rosenhaus told Joe Rose of WQAM radio in Miami that Rosenhaus is advising players to refrain from any practices until the court in Minnesota resolves the players’ motion to lift the lockout. A hearing is scheduled for April 6.
Multiple players have purchased disability insurance. It’s possible that the premiums could be refunded to the players as part of any settlement or verdict in the antitrust case, since the allegedly illegal lockout is forcing them to work out on their own — and to account for the risk of injury by purchasing insurance.