In the aftermath of U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson granting an injunction to immediately end the NFL's lockout, several Browns players are planning to return to work Tuesday morning.
Wide receiver Joshua Cribbs and tight end Benjamin Watson called linebacker Scott Fujita to tell him that a number of Browns players would go to the team's headquarters in Berea at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Fujita wrote in an e-mail.
"Any player who decides to go to work tomorrow is doing so under the ruling that Judge Nelson rendered today," Fujita, who was a member NFL Players Association's executive committee before the union decertified, wrote Monday night. "Her court order prevents the clubs from locking out players under contract, so by law, they can show up for work. Unless and until the judge issues an order for a stay (delay of the injunction), the teams will be in violation of Judge Nelson's order if they don't allow access."
Meanwhile, NFL teams are still operating under "lockout rules," NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora reported. Browns President Mike Holmgren said he didn't know exactly what to expect as he left an awards banquet hosted by the National Football Foundation Monday night in Westlake.
"If a player comes to the facility, he will be treated courteously and with respect," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press.