NFL Lockout: So Far It's Much Ado About Nothing

I don't know about you, but I don't want to get too much into the NFL lockout today. Not much happened, which just pushes me back from the buzz and/or illusion of progress yesterday towards the resent and depression that I had felt during the majority of this lockout period.

There were a couple of developments. According to comments by DeMaurice Smith, the head of the entity formerly known as the Player's Union, some teams let players in and some did not let them in at all. For instance I just saw Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, at a press conference saying they did not open their facility to players. Apparently at least the Giants let their players have access to the weight room. Here is a quote from ESPN by the Giants, Chris Canty.

"Got a chance to get a good workout in. I am going to come back as long as the door is open. There was no tension here. Coaches are excited to have guys back in the building."

According to Jerry McDonald none of this was an issue for the Raiders as no players showed up at the facility.

Update: S Jay Bruin pointed out this news via CSN Bay Area:

"We're following the league's directions right now," Herrera told CSNCalifornia.com. "So if any players come to the facility, they'll be treated fairly and with courtesy."

Asked if any players had shown up by 1 p.m. PT, Herrera said, "Not to my knowledge."


I'd prefer that the Raiders facility was buzzing with activity and there was a quote from a Raider like the above Chris Canty quote, but I am not going to read too much into this until things sort themselves out a little. And to that end we should make a little legal progress tomorrow.

It had been reported yesterday that the reigning Queen of the Gridiron Judge Susan Nelson had denied a stay and the league was then requesting an emergency stay from the appellate court. Apparently that was not the case, and she will "rule?" she will tell us tomorrow if that stay is granted. It is expected to be denied, and then the league will go to the appellate court. 

So, we take two steps forward and two steps back, and we may know something the day before the day after tomorrow.

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