MARTINSVILLE, N.J. (AP) — In the midst of the NFL’s labor impasse, some players might be benefiting from the work stoppage.
Damien Woody, a free agent tackle, and Jets receiver Jerricho Cotchery are among dozens of NFL players fighting back from major injuries on their own because of the league’s labor lockout. Some, such at Colts safety Chip Vaughn, can have contact with the team’s doctor because that’s who performed his left ankle operation. Others, including New Orleans’ Jon Stinchcomb, went back to his college roots for his rehab.
They all would be recovering and working at their team’s facilities had there been no lockout, which is in its fourth month. And each of them normally would be fighting the itch to rush back and join their teammates for minicamps and the like. Instead, they have a little extra time to recover.