Washington Redskins players haven’t yet made plans for any group offseason workouts or walk-through sessions, but will if the NFL lockout is permitted to stand after the April 6 hearing before U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson.
There are reports that teams such as the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills already have begun coordinating private workouts. But Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said he and his teammates are waiting for now . They continue to work on their strength and conditioning on their own.
Under normal circumstances, the Redskins’ official offseason conditioning programs would have started about now. (Last season, coach Mike Shanahan’s first offseason conditioning program began March 14 and consisted of players lifting weights and running sprints).
Minicamps and organized team activities (OTAs) -- basically offseason practices -- don’t get going until after the draft, which will be held April 28 to April 30 this year.
If the lockout is lifted in early April, then business could resume and offseason programs would take place at Redskins Park. But if the lockout stands, Alexander expects that he and fellow team captain London Fletcher would round teammates up for their own version of OTAs away from the team facility. For now, players are working out in their hometowns, or at facilities in Loudoun County.
Some still are trying to figure out what to do. Offensive lineman Selvish Capers, who spent his rookie season on the practice squad, had been working out exclusively at Redskins Park until the lockout was imposed at midnight Saturday.
“I’ve got to find somewhere else now,” Capers said before pointing out that finding a place to work out and a trainer to assist him also means coughing up money. And for a practice squad player, who was counting on workout bonuses for income this offseason, that’s not good news. Capers said he was put in contact with a trainer in his home state of Louisiana, and may enlist his services.
The circumstances certainly are trying, but also will show players’ grit, linebacker Chris Wilson said.
“You’re going to see guys’ true character,” Wilson said. “The ones that are ready to go and in shape once this is all resolved will be the ones that have it.”