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Redskins players planning more group workouts

Washington Redskins players are planning a second round of group workouts next week.

The players plan on gathering for three days, a day more than the first group workouts that took place April 19th and 20th at a high school in Northern Virginia, according to co-captain Lorenzo Alexander and two other players who asked not to be identified. The workouts are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday while school is in session.

Linebacker London Fletcher organized the previous workouts, which drew about 20 players the first day and 30 the second day.

Some players flew in from as far away as California, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida to take part in what was the players’ first group activity of this unusual offseason. Several players, including quarterback Rex Grossman, linebacker Rocky McIntosh and defensive end Kedric Golston, took part despite not having contracts for the 2011 season.

The players went through positional drills and ran seven-on-seven plays with Fletcher calling defensive plays and Grossman and fellow quarterback John Beck leading the offense.

Since then, a smaller group of players has gotten together for occasional workout sessions.

Normally, the team’s offseason conditioning program would have begun at Redskins Park in mid- to late March, and offseason practices (organized team activities) would start within the next two weeks.

But the NFL lockout has prevented players from training at team facilities. The lockout was lifted during the last week of April, and players were allowed into team facilities for a single day on April 29th. But later that day, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed owners to reimpose the lockout and workouts were halted again.

On Monday the same three appellate judges granted the owners a permanent stay, meaning the lockout will remain in place at least until the June 3 hearing that will determine whether Judge Susan Richard Nelson’s ruling that the lockout was unlawful will stand.

Until then, the Redskins players — who also are prevented from having any contact with coaches and trainers — will continue to train on their own.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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