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Following the 4 1/2-month lockout, all 32 teams are counting on having those players with new contracts at practice on Thursday, with a few clubs moving back the starting time of their workouts. Packers general manager Ted Thompson said he doesn't "even want to entertain the thought" of a delay.
"The first thing that's going to happen is I'm going to jump out of a building somewhere," Thompson joked.
Dallas player rep Jason Witten wasn't surprised that another deadline was being faced.
"We knew that was going to take a little bit of time (with) some of those issues," Witten said. "But, gosh, a lot of work's gone into it to get to this point; hate to see it slip."
As it is, according to Dolphins coach Tony Sparano, it will be difficult to get any of the players still in waiting onto the field for the first weekend of exhibition games.
"You kind of have to go with what you have now," he said. "You run the risk of injury a little bit because you're down on bodies."
One of those bodies most eager to get back on the field is Reggie Bush, who was traded to Miami by New Orleans last week.
"Honestly, I hope it happens tomorrow," Bush said. "There are a lot of guys in the league right now who need to get to work."
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