- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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This could all change if the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis issues an immediate stay order, but as of now it appears that at least two NFC North teams have scheduled Monday team meetings to kick off their offseason strength and conditioning programs.
Chicago Bears assistant coaches are informing players about a Monday morning meeting, according to ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson. And according to player agent Scott Smith, who represents Detroit Lions offensive lineman Dylan Gandy among others, Lions players have a Monday meeting and will have their first organized team activity on Wednesday.
Again, those meetings would be canceled if a stay reverts us back to the lockout. Absent a stay, it appears we will be back to a full-fledged offseason schedule by Monday. Stay tuned.
*Update: Minnesota Vikings running back Lorenzo Booker told Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Vikings players have a Monday meeting as well.
*Update II: The Bears adjusted their original plans and will now kick off their offseason program May 9. Their mandatory minicamp will be June 3-5.