Browns players Josh Cribbs, Benjamin Watson and Reggie Hodges surface at team's facility (video included)
With the NFL's lockout lifted Monday night, wide receiver Josh Cribbs, tight end Benjamin Watson and punter Reggie Hodges went to the Browns' facility this morning in Berea. The players spent about 55 minutes at the team's headquarters.
Cribbs said he, Watson and Hodges were allowed to enter the facility's locker-room area, but they were prohibited from working out. They weren't allowed to talk to the coaching staff or any front-office bigwigs such as Browns President Mike Holmgren, who arrived at the team's facility while Watson was talking to reporters on his way into the parking lot. The players did not receive any playbooks, Cribbs said.
Instead, they talked to Lew Merletti, the Browns' senior vice president of security, and were handed letters asking them to be patient during the league's labor dispute.
"It was kind of awkward 'cause we don't really don't talk to our security staff unless there's a security issue," Cribbs said. "The security issue was us. They were instructed by their attorneys not to let us engage in any football activity or any (conversations) with the coaches or the staff at all."
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