First there were reports that the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff would meet with players this week to discuss and prepare for the impending lockout, which will go into affect (unless something drastic changes) tonight at 11:59 ET, 10:59 CT. Then there were reports of a letter being sent out by the NFL to all 32 teams forbidding such meetings.
As it turns out, though, the reports had it right the first time--NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said that the league had not sent out any such memo, and the Cowboys players and coaches met as planned on Wednesday.
"Yeah we had a meeting today," fullback Chris Gronkowski told WFAA Channel 8, via ESPN Dallas. "We talked about [the potential lockout] and everyone is concerned about that. Right now, no one knows how long it's going to last. We just kinda got to get prepared for the offseason."
The meeting was aimed at preparing players for an offseason in which they will be forbidden from having contact with any coaches, and resolving any lingering questions on the part of the players.
"Just trying to get everyone ready," sophomore tackle Sam Young said. "I think you come closer down to crunch time and everyone has questions and everyone is just trying to figure out what's exactly going on. So I think it was just more getting everyone prepared."
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