In a weirdly amusing turn of events last Friday, NFL players were permitted to return to their respective team headquarters, speak to coaches and staff members, pick up playbooks, work out at team facilities, etc. etc. The short relaxation of the lockout was the result of Judge Susan Richard Nelson granting the players’ request to have the lockout lifted, a predictable ruling.
Equally predictable, though, was that the owners would file for a stay with the US Appeals Eight Circuit Court which, when granted, would allow the lockout to continue. This happened only hours after players were finally allowed to return to work, and led to players being locked out once again on Friday afternoon.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who held his football camp this weekend in Coppell, recounted the disappointing and altogether odd day to reporters, adding that the recent developments haven’t done anything to change his and other veterans’ plans with regard to organizing workouts during the lockout.
“It’s tough because it was almost like the first day of school,” Witten said, per ESPN Dallas. “You go in and everybody’s so excited and anxious to get started. Personally you do know how important this time is and for that to get taken away, it’s a bit of a tease because you felt it was about to get started and the writing was on the wall. Now you go back to the old system of getting locked out."
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