League will allows players into facilities, but possibly not weight rooms

With players throughout the league planning to report for duty on Tuesday, the NFL plans to allow the players to enter the facilities — assuming a stay of the order lifting the lockout is not previously granted.

Both Albert Breer of NFL Network and Adam Schefter of ESPN have reported that players will be permitted to enter.  Schefter reports that the league has recommended that teams keep their weight rooms closed.

We’ve reported that the league also has instructed coaches not to talk to players.

So, basically, they’ll be permitted to loiter.  But that’s a far cry from the league’s initial position that the doors would remain locked.

32 responses to “League will allows players into facilities, but possibly not weight rooms

  1. The league better start negotiating with players /free agents, otherwise they will be found guilty of collusion. Don’t keep digging yourselves a deeper hole owners, let football commence and go back to the negotiating table.

  2. Both Albert Breer of NFL Network and Adam Schefter of ESPN have reported that players will be permitted to enter. Schefter reports that the league has recommended that teams keep their weight rooms closed.

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    Then it’s the same situation the Titans were in with Steve McNair a few years back where they wouldn’t let him in the weight room for fear of him getting injured and being on the hook for his contract. It was found to be in violation of his rights then, and it’s in violation of the players’ rights now. These teams are such shady a-holes that it’s simply beyond comprehension.

  3. “So, basically, they’ll be permitted to loiter.”

    Weren’t the Panthers doing that in the locker room and on the field all last season???

  4. It’s comforting to know that the league/owners had a well thought out plan for reacting to this very predictable court action. It gives us some insight into how they pool their collective genius in reaching other important decisions.

    The players have been rightly criticized for some of the very stupid comments emerging from their camp. We can only imagine what gems the owners would have provided us were there 1500 of them instead of just 32, each with their own PR people.

  5. If the players were smart they would all gather in the front office, set up a bunch of tables and order like $500 worth of pizza a day.

    The owners and coaches can watch the players get fatter and fatter and slower and slower.

    Urge to put this whole thing to bed will be rising, Jack!

  6. I can understand why they want to keep the weight rooms locked even though to me that seems illegal if the lockout is technically lifted and at the very least very petty on the owners part.

    Why the coaches shouldn’t talk to the players baffles me though. Why? Other than thumbing your nose at the judge and her ruling what is the problem with the coaches interacting with the players?

    If you ask me the coaches are getting f’d over by this. They way I understand it they’ve had their pay cut for this period yet they still have to put in all the hours necessary to plan for the draft and whatever eventuality of a possible free agency period. Some teams are still paying them I believe but some cut pay once this began. If I’m a coach I’m ticked off at the owners and everyone else for screwing this up so royally.

  7. I’ve always thought we’ll have football this year. I’m just worried about DeMaurice Smith, being the head of the “trade association” and a fellow lawyer, listening to Kessler in the long term for this lawsuit.

    Since the NFL will probably never want to deal with any more federal court/decertification/antitrust nonsense after this, they’ll probably stand firm on eliminating any such course of action in the next and any future CBA’s.

    Therefore, Kessler might try and convince Smith that “this is our chance to narrow the gap between the NFL and MLB” by going all the way with this lawsuit, and potentially everything listed in the filing.

    Not a great thought for the fans.

  8. Some people view what happened today as a very good thing…I am not one of those people.

    First off, let’s not forget that the side that won today is the side that essentially walked away from the table to battle in court. They also are attacking the draft. So you’ll excuse me if I’m not happy they won today.

    This is a good thing for football this year, but football in the long term was hurt badly today.

    So enjoy the 2011 season as much as possible because it’s entirely possible that the 2012 season has no draft, 18 games, and a total imbalance of talent.

  9. The owners are getting really bad legal advice here. If they don’t follow Nelson’s ruling there will be contempt, and likely each team will expose themselves to liability. There are 32 separate companies that have choices to make- I don’t know how team lawyers can open their clients up to such liability.

  10. The weight room liability issues are actually pretty big. The NFL could avoid that by having the players sign a waiver similar to most health clubs in the country though.

    The NFL has to be really careful now to avoid huge damages in anti-trust litigation. Any restrictions on free agency or a salary cap are going to bite them in the ass. Peyton Manning should be a free agent tomorrow and any other free agents need to be offered at least the federal minimum wage of $7.50/hour.

    To be truly safe from the players’ lawsuit the NFL should cancel the draft before Thursday. Treble damages from 200+ rookies could be huge.

  11. Let the players in for a piece of mind, but keep them back from training? hgh anyone, dont get me wrong i know steroids have negative effects, but asking a man to endure more for less is one thing then to tell him he cant prepare. Roger did it right the wrong way

  12. What the owners did makes sense. The players will need another court case to get this lifted. It buys time for the owners to file their appeal and hopefully get a stay. By the time the players get their case heard the owners will know whether the lockout is still in force during the appeal process.

  13. bigsuede says:
    Apr 26, 2011 12:40 AM
    The owners are getting really bad legal advice here. If they don’t follow Nelson’s ruling there will be contempt, and likely each team will expose themselves to liability. There are 32 separate companies that have choices to make- I don’t know how team lawyers can open their clients up to such liability.
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    I don’t think you are correct. I think they followed the letter of the ruling but not the intent. The players would probably win the followup court case to this but it buys the owners time to file their appeal for a stay which is where their focus is.

    There’s nothing preventing the players from going into the weight room and faking an injury to complicate matters further either so I think this may be the wisest thing.

  14. footballfanatic3431 says:
    Apr 26, 2011 12:37 AM

    So enjoy the 2011 season as much as possible because it’s entirely possible that the 2012 season has no draft, 18 games, and a total imbalance of talent.
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    No, it’s really not.

    The settlement that eventually comes out of this lawsuit will include a draft, a rookie cap, a salary cap, and free agency rules.

    So relax, chicken little.

    As I have said many times before, the portions of the player lawsuit that deal with those issues are strictly negotiating positions.

    If a teenager needs 10 dollars, he asks his parents for 20.

    If you only ask for what you actually need, you have no room for compromise.

    It really is that simple. I know it’s not as exciting to think of it that way, but that really is what is going on here.

    And I hope the 50 people who give this post a thumb’s down will be man (or woman) enough to admit I was right later.

  15. footballfanatic3431 says: Apr 26, 2011 12:37 AM

    Some people view what happened today as a very good thing…I am not one of those people.

    First off, let’s not forget that the side that won today is the side that essentially walked away from the table to battle in court. They also are attacking the draft. So you’ll excuse me if I’m not happy they won today.

    This is a good thing for football this year, but football in the long term was hurt badly today.

    So enjoy the 2011 season as much as possible because it’s entirely possible that the 2012 season has no draft, 18 games, and a total imbalance of talent.
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    Um, you need to understand what is going on before you type stuff. 1, the players don’t want 18 games. 2, the play under 2010 rules, and this has nothing to do with the 2012 CBA if they do play this season.

    This has zero to do with “no draft”.. that will not happen. If anything, they continue to play off 2010 rules with no salary cap. It doesn’t end the NFL draft, and it doesn’t stop the negotiation process towards a CBA… this has happened in the NFL before (do your research)

    Geez. Conspiracy theorist.

  16. “First off, let’s not forget that the side that won today is the side that essentially walked away from the table to battle in court.”

    When you have 99.9% of the facts and legal precedent on your side, and the other party lies to you about how much they need to take and why they need it…yeah, you go to court.

    You, as usual, want to save the owners from their own stupid actions. Be it drafting Jemarcus Russell, or foolishly taking on the NFLPA with a flimsy case.

    The owners want nothing more than to cancel the season, players want to play. This is a lockout, not a strike.

    Deal with it like an adult.

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