While most players spent just a few minutes at team facilities on Tuesday before leaving, Giants DT Chris Canty worked out at the team facility in the weight room and talked with head coach Tom Coughlin.
Tuesday has been one of the stranger days in NFL history. With Judge Susan Nelson ending the lockout Monday night, there has been lots of confusion over what is and is not allowed as the league awaits a decision on a 'stay' of her ruling.
"We are going to proceed in an orderly way that is fair to the teams and players and complies with court orders," the league said in a statement. "Players are being treated with courtesy and respect at club facilities. We do not believe it is appropriate for football activities to take place until there are further rulings from the court."
Most teams had experiences where players showed up, spoke with team personnel, and left being told they could not use the weight room. Canty, though, was able to break a sweat.
"Got a chance to get a good workout in. I am going to come back as long as the door is open," he told reporters.
Canty said he met with Coughlin and position coaches. RB Brandon Jacobs and WR Mario Manningham also appeared at the Giants' facility and talked with members of the coaching staff.
Canty is reportedly due a $250,000 workout bonus.
Giants vice president of communications Pat Hanlon released the following statement from the team:
"In light of last night's ruling by Judge Nelson, we were directed by the league that if our players showed up at the Timex Performance Center today to treat them with courtesy and respect. That message, which sounds a lot like how we always treat our players, was reinforced to our staff by our ownership. As of now, three Giants players (Mario Manningham, Chris Canty and Brandon Jacobs) have shown up at Timex today, a number that is understandable given that we are all awaiting further rulings from the court and both the league and the NFLPA have indicated we need time to sort out the meaning of the current status of the litigation."
The way we see it
The Giants apparently took a chance by letting Canty work out as if it were business as usual at the team facility, with no other team doing the same. It will be interesting to see how the team handles things on Wednesday, and if other teams will do the same, with no ruling expected until late in the day. The league advised against football activities happening, but this is gray area the league has never seen before, making it difficult for teams to decide how to proceed.