Let the record show that Panthers kicker John Kasay was the first player to show up for work during this purgatory portion of the lockout we’re currently in.
He was allowed in the door like the NFL said, but left ten minutes later.
Mike Cranston of the Associated Press said Kasay mostly declined comment, but did say, “We’re just walking through the process.”
As we’ve mentioned, players aren’t going to work in order to work out. They are exhibiting their rights and potentially reserving the right to sue later if teams withhold their workout bonus.
We’ve been following the Twitter feeds of reporters in Miami, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., New Jersey, Detroit, Jacksonville, and Minnesota, who are staked out at team facilities to see if players arrive.
Thus far, Kasay is the only player to show up.
While it wouldn’t be a surprise if some players trickle in throughout the day, it doesn’t appear there will be a mass confrontation between players and their teams just yet.
UPDATE: Jets guard Brandon Moore, a player rep, showed up to the Jets facility per Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.
UPDATE II: Redskins defender Lorenzo Alexander was at work briefly in Washington D.C. but he was told he couldn’t work out and left.
UPDATE III: Jets tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson also showed up to the Jets facility as planned, according to multiple reports.