Dallas Cowboys’ cornerback Orlando Scandrick is spending this month working out, as he does every year around this time, as a professional football player. The difference this year is that Scandrick, along with any number of NFL players, is forced to pay a high price for these workouts.
Had there not been a lockout, Scandrick and the others would have begun their “voluntary” offseason workouts--free of charge--at their respective team headquarters (in Scandrick’s case, Valley Ranch) last week. As it is, Scandrick is shelling out $2,000 a month to work out at the Athletes’ Performance Institute in Carson, California.
Such highly renowned training facilities, according to Gerry Fraley at the Dallas Morning News, could soon become the site of unsupervised, players-only training sessions for locked out NFL players.
The NFL Players’ Association, now a trade association due to their decision to decertify earlier this month, doesn’t endorse this sort of organized but unsupervised workouts as according to Fraley, (a) it may suggest to owners that players are weakening in their position; and (b) if a player is hurt during one of these workouts, the NFL is not responsible.
Obviously, though, the players must prepare for next season--if there is a next season in 2011. Thus, the workouts will surely continue.
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