Despite lockout, Packers still using Lambeau Field facilitiesWisconsin Sports
-- Just because the Lambeau Field gym is closed doesn’t mean the Green Bay Packers aren’t working out. The players remain busy, even though the owners have locked out the players because the two sides could not strike a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement.
GREEN BAY - Just because the Lambeau Field gym is closed doesn’t mean the Green Bay Packers aren’t working out. The players remain busy, even though the owners have locked out the players because the two sides could not strike a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement.
Corner Tramon Williams tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette he’s staying fit at his home in Houston – and he has the added bonus of seeing his wife and six-month-old son every day, instead of being at coach Mike McCarthy’s organized team activities. Running back Ryan Grant has been working out in New Jersey – and he’ll soon travel to Florida to work out with Packers’ teammate Nick Collins and some other players. Collins says he’s been boxing twice-a-week in Orlando, and he’s become a real “gym rat.” He said the Packers need to keep their focus on the Super Bowl, with the goal of repeating as the champions. Tight end Andrew Quarless believes the two sides will work out their differences. Packers’ president Mark Murphy agrees, and he’s even told season ticket holders he looks forward to seeing them at Lambeau Field on September eighth – when the NFL regular season is scheduled to begin with a Thursday night Packers’ game.
A federal judge in St. Paul will hear arguments relating to the National Football League's labor dispute. Judge Susan R. Nelson will consider whether to grant an injunction that would lift the current lockout. Attorneys representing former and current NFL players have asked for the injunction after the players' union decertified for the purposes of this trial. If the judge grants the injunction, the league would likely appeal. If she does not grant it, then the lockout would continue. Negotiations between the owners and players broke down last month leading to this day in court. The hearing is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m.
The labor strife between the NFL and its players isn't keeping the two sides from working together for charity. NFL Charities awarded one-million dollars in grants to the foundations of current and former players. Current players receiving awards include New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Indianapolis Colts signal-caller Peyton Manning and Kansas City Chiefs guard Brian Waters. The foundations of former players Derrick Brooks, Kurt Warner and Steve Young were also recognized. The grants are worth up to $50,000. Brees and Manning are among the players who filed an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL when the league's collective bargaining agreement expired in March.