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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/28/2011

NFL draft 2011 meets NFL lockout 2011

Updatd at 12:52 p.m.

Finally, a sunbeam of clarity on the status of NFL players, from the Washington Redskins’ player rep, Vonnie Holliday:

Redskin Park will be open tomorrow for players. Workouts will begin with strength staff tomorrow morning after a meeting with management!less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

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The Washington Redskins aren’t the only NFL team telling players who arrived at their training facilities to go home. The Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals reportedly have done so, too.

And the Tennessee Titans have an armed guard at the entrance to the team’s parking lot, according to the Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt, although the team says that’s nothing new. Portable lockers were blocking access to the weight room.

 “I guess we pose a threat,’’ lineman Jake Scott said with a chuckle. ”I guess they think we are going to storm the building or something.’’

Meanwhile, some teams reportedly are “not refusing” to take calls from agents eager to get this free agency thing going, so, as you can see, the draft will be a simple affair, conducted in complete clarity and with no tinge of confusion or animosity.

The NFL, which brought this Bednarik-ian madness upon us, may provide some clarity soon. That would be helpful, with the draft beginning in a few hours and the workings in a courtroom in St. Louis threatening to suck the air out of Radio City Music Hall.

For now, there’s confusion (has the league year begun?) and limbo. (This is the NFL???) The league had instructed teams to continue operating as they were. That means that, while the NFL places its trust and faith in the appeals court, players currently under contract aren’t going to be traded, free agents aren’t going to be signed and undrafted free agents aren’t going to be signed when the draft ends this weekend.

“Until guys know they can get some work done at that facility,” Detroit Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch told the NFL Network’s Albert Breer, “they’re just going to work out on their own and take a wait-and-see approach.”

Kind of making you long for the tedious but good old days of the combine and 40 times and Wonderlic tests. About all teams can do at the moment is talk to one another about swapping draft picks. The New England Patriots reportedly are doing just that.

Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that a bunch of teams are interested in trading down: Denver, Cincinnati, Cleveland, San Francisco, Arizona, Dallas and the Redskins have been mentioned, general managers tell La Canfora.

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