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NFL's locked-out are working out, Cowboys included

Football is back. NFL players are on the field.

Not at team facilities -- that's banned by the lockout. Instead, led by such veterans as Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson and Tony Romo, players are holding workouts across the map.

Some have been open to the public, others more clandestine. None has the intensity of a minicamp, which most teams would be holding if not for the work stoppage.

Players gather on college campuses, at high schools, even at a golf course to stretch, lift weights, run through plays, and prepare as if a return to real football is just ahead.

A sampling of who's been doing what:

Cowboys: Romo helped organize workouts this week at an undisclosed location. Sources said about 49 Cowboys worked out Monday.

Saints: About 40 players worked out at Tulane this week under Brees' guidance.

Texans: They made use of facilities at Rice University, less than 5 miles from their Reliant Stadium home, where a dozen or so players have participated, but no drafted players. Draftees could have insurance and health coverage issues.

Jets: Jeremy Kerley, from TCU, and Scotty McKnight, from Colorado, both wide receivers, were the exception among draftees, attending quarterback Mark Sanchez's Jets West camp at a high school field in Mission Viejo, Calif. Tomlinson was on hand.

Giants: A workout Thursday in Hoboken, N.J., included quarterback Eli Manning, tight end Kevin Boss and receiver Hakeem Nicks.

Patriots: Tom Brady has texted teammates about getting together.

Browns: Colt McCoy hosted workouts in Texas and Joshua Cribbs hopes to hold another set in Ohio.

Redskins: They held two days of workouts last month at a high school field in Virginia, drawing 26 players the first day, 30 the next. Linebacker London Fletcher organized non-contact drills that lasted less than 90 minutes.

Dolphins: Players are not being charged for their sessions at Nova University, which is close to the team's headquarters. Tackle Jake Long and QB Chad Henne have handled the arrangements and run the workouts.


NFL alums to climb: Retired Pats linebacker Tedy Bruschi, ex-Titans coach Jeff Fisher and former Eagles tight end Chad Lewis will climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, next week. They'll be joined by four injured service members to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.

NFL Network: Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock will serve as the new announcing team for Thursday night games. They replace Bob Papa, Matt Millen and Joe Theismann.