Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is hoping for the best and perhaps getting a labor deal in place in time for training camp and a full season.
But the facts are that any hopes of having a true offseason program and regular organized team activities are over. With nothing being decided in court until June, the same can probably be said of any possible minicamps.
Jones says the Cowboys are taking it one day at a time but acknowledged they are looking at how to prepare for a season based on an lockout extended into training camp and possibly the start of the regular season.
"I don't have that point in time as to a date that this doesn't call for that," Jones said. "You play this on a week by week, month by month, day by day basis. There is no point in having deadlines because you have to think what happens if you don’t make the deadline. But you get up the next morning and go forward. We are going to have football. We are going to have a great league. We are going to have a great group of players. That is going to happen. This train is going to get there; I just want to be on it."
Jones however declined to promise that the train was going to get there in time for the start of training camp or the start of the regular season.
"The train will get there," Jones said. "That is the attitude everybody should have. Whether or not, or how and when....we want to do it in a way that doesn’t impact our fans negatively if we can. But we certainly know that to some degree you can have too long of a camp and you can have too short of one too. We will have to figure that out. I do know this we have got some tentative looks to see how to have our season and how to have it with a prolonged lockout here."
Clarence E. Hill Jr.