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Brick, DeVito show up, quickly go back home

Tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson of the New York Jets

Tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson of the New York Jets strikes a pose. (Nov. 2, 2008) Photo Credit: Getty Images

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Mike DeVito came back to the Jets'  training facility again Wednesday morning, hopeful things had changed and they'd be able to get a workout in.

Ferguson has the NFL's highest workout bonus, which checks in at a cool $750,000, and DeVito's workout bonus is $350,000. So both made the trek here once more, just as they did Tuesday, looking to pump a little iron.

No such luck, though.

Just a brief chat with Dave Szott, director of player development, and football administration director Ari Nissim -- all of which took less than 15 minutes.

"Same thing as yesterday," DeVito said before pulling off, mentioning it's almost like a scene in "Groundhog Day" inside. "It’s a ghostown in there, not much going on. I went in and saw Dave and just said hi, and he said basically no workouts will be going on."

Ferguson was curious too, so he figured why not give it another try.

"I wanted to see if anything changed, and apparently nothing has," the left tackle said. "So we’ll just kind of have to wait, and see how it plays out, you know?"

But there's a certain frustration level knowing the lockout essentially has been lifted under the orders of Judge Susan Nelson, yet they are not able to do anything at the facility other than basically show up and walk the halls.

"I guess they are waiting for this whole process to play itself out," DeVito said. "But we want to work, especially in that big, nice weight room that we've got in there. So, we want to go in there and lift, but I guess they just said no."

On Tuesday, Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty was able to use the weight room at their training facility, although the organization made it clear publicly that no players would be able to use those facilities Wednesday.

Ferguson said he's aware of Canty's story, but said he didn't bring that up to Szott and Nissim.

"I guess at this pont, different organizations are operating differently," Ferguson said. "The Giants were able to and the Jets weren’t. I don’t know why, but that’s just kind of how it is."

As for DeVito, he hasn't totally decided if he'll show up daily.

"You know, I don’t know," he said. "I’m not really sure. I would think as long as it’s open, I’m going to try to come. We’ll see. We’ll see what happens."


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