The Giants are – as of right this moment – allowed to show up at the team complex Friday morning beginning at 8 a.m. and have full access to all of the facilities including weight rooms and training staff. Just don’t expect a long lone of players to be outside the gate waiting for their chance to get inside.
Under what team rep Shaun O’Hara called “grayness,” many will simply continue training and rehabbing on their own, waiting for a more definitive settlement to the labor situation.
Former NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith may have declared that “football is back,” but not so for the Giants.
“Things are changing by the hour,” O’Hara said at the NFLPA Rookie Debut in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon. “The one thing that I try to do with the teammates that I’ve spoken to is encourage them to continue with their already planned workouts. We’ve been forced to go out and set up workout schedules on our own, treatment schedules on our own. The one thing I don’t want is for players to deviate from that plan that they have, that schedule, only to show up and not be able to work out and not be able to do things.
“They’re waiting for this appeal right now,” he added. “I know they issued that (statement) saying the facilities will be open tomorrow starting at 8 a.m., but if the 8th circuit comes back and issues a stay tonight, that all changes. Under that grayness, that uncertainty, if you’re in the area and the stay is not granted and you want to go over and work out, great. But don’t change your plans. Don’t book a flight tonight. Because it may change.”
Justin Tuck, who appeared at a Subway event earlier in the day with Mark Ingram, said he’s content to continue with his workout schedule for the time being and not count on access to the Timex Performance Center.
“I have my own routine and my own personal guys I train with and right now I don’t want to break that routine up,” Tuck said. “I don’t want to go into the Giants’ (facility), work out for a week, and then the next week we’re back to being locked out or something like that. Right now I’m encouraging our players that wherever you are working out make sure you are doing the things that prepare you to come back.”
Still, some Giants players have taken advantage of this limbo since the injunction ruling on Monday evening to visit the complex and meet with coaches and players. Yesterday wide receiver Ramses Barden Tweeted a picture from inside the Giants’ locker room.
Whether or not he’ll be allowed in there again any time soon is up to the legal minds.
"The one thing I’ve realized in this process is that I am not a legal expert," O'Hara said. "It’s been an education for me and I know a lot of guys feel the same way. My feeling is I’m done speculating."
Tuck said he ran in Smith on Wednesday night. “He said he have a few more hurdles to cross before we can start celebrating,” Tuck said.