NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The NFL is a long way from playing football again — even if players are welcomed back to work with no lockout to stop them.
U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson granted the players’ request for an injunction to lift the lockout on Monday, ending the NFL’s work stoppage in its 45th day but prompting an immediate notice from the league that it will appeal.
And players? They were told to show up ready for work — or workouts — on Tuesday. Just don’t expect many Giants to be on hand.
One source told the New York Post, “Nobody is going to do anything they haven’t been doing until they’re told they have to.”
Nobody? Well, Mario Manningham was on hand for a short time. Giants DT Chris Canty will reportedly also show up at some point Tuesday.
“He will go to facility and attempt to work out,” Brad Blank, Canty’s agent, told the paper. “If denied access, he will peacefully retreat.”
If you follow Big Blue’s beat reporters on Twitter, you already know how quiet it’s been at the Giants’ practice facility.
“Waiting outside,” Newsday’s Tom Rock tweeted. “No players here so far. Thank goodness there is court-mandated good weather today.”
“So far at Giants’ practice facility six reporters have shown up for work, but no players,” wrote Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “So as usual, the media wins!”
Vacchiano added after the wide receiver’s brief showing: “The mysterious player in the SUV? It was Mario Manningham. He is the first one in the building … and the first one out!”
Meanwhile, players continue to stream in at the Jets’ facility.
“Bart Scott is 5th … player to show up this morning, ” tweeted the Daily News’ Manish Mehta.
He later added: “David Harris follows Bart Scott into facility. Team player.”
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