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League sends letter to players with lockout rules

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By PFW staff

The NFL sent letters to all players announcing the lockout and outlining the rules that will be in place as long as there is a work stoppage.

In addition to telling players they will not receive any compensation from their team, the league explained the use of team facilities during a lockout:

"You may not enter any Club facility or the stadium, except for the purpose of attending a non-Club event or Club charitable event."

As expected, teams will not pay for or provide health insurance and there will be no testing for illegal substances.

Players are not allowed to communicate with coaches, trainers or other staff regarding football or NFL business. That includes player contracts.

Injured players rehabbing from football-related injuries will receive a separate letter "regarding their treatment and rehabilitation during a lockout."

The NFL suggests that players look for alternate employment. "Once a new labor agreement is reached between the NFL and the Union, you may be expected to report to the Club immediately. Therefore, you should structure any alternate employment so you can return to the Club promptly after a new labor agreement is reached."

Ironically, the letter ends by telling players that if they have any questions, they can contact the NFL Players Association, which no longer officially exists after Friday's decertification.


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