From Pro Football Talk:
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Packers are telling players that the doors will open on Friday, and that the team wants the players in town in order to get started on preparations for training camp and the preseason.
Cheesehead TV has confirmed with two separate sources that this is, indeed, the case. In fact, the calls went out to players roughly three hours prior to Florio’s post. We are sure Ted Thompson is thrilled with this development, though one source indicated the team had received permission from the league to contact players. Per a source “Coaches have been borderline paranoid about having any contact with players, to the point that they’ve been reporting even random encounters, like seeing a guy at the grocery store, so as not to be thought of as having ‘contacted’ a player.”
Are you ready for some football?
UPDATE: Both Aaron Rodgers and Jarrett Bush have stated publicly that they were not contacted last night by the team, while Jason Wilde reports that three other players told him they had not been contacted as of last night. But I’ve confirmed again that calls did indeed go out for players to report to Green Bay this weekend. There may be a plan to get younger players with less than a certain number of years in the league into town first. Indeed, according to Pete Dougherty, the Packers have been planning on getting players in whenever the lockout was lifted for “weightroom and classroom sessions.”
Whatever the case – the Packers are planning for the lockout to be over as of Friday.