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NFL players hope for the best...

Dez Bryant

Credit: Jose Gant / WFAA

What about talk of an NFL lockout? "Hopefully it doesn't happen," said former Cowboys wide receiver Patrick Crayton.

by TED MADDEN

WFAA

Posted on March 2, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 2 at 7:29 PM

Some Dallas Cowboys players had a meeting today at Valley Ranch, to address concerns about the labor situation.

"Just trying to get everyone ready," said offensive lineman Sam Young. "I think you come closer down to crunch time, I think everybody's got questions, everybody's trying to figure out what exactly is going on. So i think it was more getting everyone prepared. Anytime you have uncertainty, you're going to have some anxiety.

"I think guys are getting more prepared. It's coming. You hope cooler heads will prevail, but you never know."

Young was at George Peabody Elementary school Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the unveiling of the school's newly renovated library -- it was an event originally scheduled for Super Bowl week but postponed due to weather. Cowboys fullback Chris Gronkowski and wide receiver Dez Bryant were also there, along with former Cowboys wide receiver Patrick Crayton, who now plays with San Diego.

"You prepare for it, definitely," said Crayton. "You expect the worst and hope for the best, and that's what we've been told the last couple years, actually. It's come to this now, and hopefully you're prepared and you put things away."

Bryant didn't want to talk about the lockout, and Gronkowski was brief, saying that they didn't actually talk about the lockout in particular at the Valley Ranch meeting. "We didn't talk about that there," said Gronkowski. "No one is certain about that. Right now, no one knows how long that's going to last so we just met to kind of get prepared for the off-season."

"My question is really, What's going to happen?" asked Young. "Like I said, the uncertainty, because you don't know if there's going to be one (a lockout), if there's going to be one, how long it might be. I think for me it comes down to -- during this time period -- is just going to have to be disciplined, and making sure I'm doing the right things, working out with other guys and keeping everything right."

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