With the news that the 2011 league year will start on Friday morning, teams are notifying their players that offseason workouts will begin shortly.
Lovie Smith has scheduled a meeting with Bears players for Monday morning to start the team's offseason voluntary workout program, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago. The only way that meeting wouldn't take place is if the appeals court issues a stay before Monday morning.
Players for the Lions and Texans are also going to meet with coaches on Monday, according to X-A-M Sports Agency. Detroit is even planning on starting OTAs next Wednesday.
There is still uncertainty as to how long these offseason workouts will last or what could happen if the lockout is put back in place. The lockout was technically lifted on Monday evening, but when players arrived at team facilities on Tuesday morning, they were told they could not participate in football activities.