The Dallas Cowboys’ coaching staff will meet with players this week to discuss the increasing possibility of a lockout, which will officially begin if a the NFL Players’ Association and the owners are unable to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement by midnight, Friday.
It’s generally thought that the meeting is an attempt on the part of the staff to guide players through the lockout, with respect to workouts and so forth, so when the lockout comes to an end, the team will not be left behind the pack, so to speak.
"Whoever is here is coming in," said fullback Chris Gronkowski, per the Dallas Morning News. "They want to talk to us and get us on the right track. We're going to talk it over and make sure that we're doing what we need to get done and get a whole workout planned."
Quarterback Tony Romo has said in the past that if a lockout does occur, he will organize his teammates to work out independent of the team. The Cowboys youngest players (until April’s Draft), such as Gronkowski and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, told reporters recently that will look to veterans like Romo if a lockout does occur.
"We don't know what to expect," said safety Owusu-Ansah. "So, we don't know what to do or what not to do. The main thing is to watch your veteran teammates and see what they're doing."
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