Bears players join lockout practice party

May, 18, 2011
5/18/11
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We now have news of a second NFC North team to begin conducting players-only workouts during the lockout.

According to ESPNChicago.com corporate cousin Jeff Dickerson, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler led a group of about eight skill position players through passing drills at two locations in the Chicago suburbs. Cutler told the Chicago Sun-Times over the weekend that the sessions were "locked and loaded."

I have my doubts about the significance of these workouts, but as we’ve discussed, quarterbacks and receivers are at the top of the list of possible beneficiaries. No defensive players were present, according to Dickerson.

As you know by now, between 30-35 Detroit Lions players have been working out together in suburban Detroit this week. Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch has organized those drills, which has included players at most positions.

Several members of the Green Bay Packers, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker A.J. Hawk, have downplayed the possibility and significance of large-scale workouts. New Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder told the St. Paul Pioneer Press earlier this week that he was hoping to throw with receivers Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice, but to this point there has been no large-scale workouts among Vikings players.

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