Bears Players Report to Facilities


Larry Mayer of reported Tuesday that kicker Robbie Gould and defensive end Israel Idonije both reported to Halas Hall, just one day following the ruling by Judge Susan Nelson which lifted the lockout.

While Nelson's ruling technically took effect immediately, the NFL began the process of filing for a legal stay on the ruling until the courts could hear their appeal.

So everyone wondered, what happens if players just up and report to work Tuesday?

Yesterday, NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello made it clear that teams were instructed to allow players access to the building, but that they should refrain from allowing them to use workout facilities until they received an answer on the stay.

According to reports, that answer will not come until, at the earliest, Wednesday.

In an email to players, the NFLPA urged them to report to their respective facilities come Tuesday morning; likely looking for even more legal leverage, should they run into any issues.

Among the teams we've been able to confirm, the Ravens, Browns, Jets, Bears and Steelers all had players arrive throughout the day.

Bears kicker, and NFLPA player rep., Robbie Gould said this of his visit: "I walked into the facility for a workout and was told I couldn't until clarification comes from the Judge's ruling. Lockout lifted [but] locker room and weight room closed."

Bears safety Chris Harris tweeted Tuesday morning saying, if the players can't workout, "Why go to the building ... to hang out?"

DeMaurice Smith, executive director for the NFLPA, told Mike and Mike that he's happy the Judge lifted the lockout, but that the league has allowed a state of "chaos" by allowing players to show up and not workout. "To be in a state where the National Football League is allowing this kind of chaos to occur ... I'm not sure it's good for football in the long run."

"It's just irritating the situation," Buccaneers center Jeff Faine said on Tuesday. "I'm not against the guys who are [showing up], but nothing is figured out yet. It's got to go through due process and take their path and see what happens. I'm usually an optimist in most situations, with the exception of business. I'm always a pessimist until the deal is done and the money is in hand."

Good advice, Jeff.

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