Ravens WR Derrick Mason on the Lockout – “Things are Getting Worse”

According to Ravens veteran WR Derrick Mason, things are not getting any better in the labor dispute.

As a matter a fact, things are getting worse. The two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is concerned that the regular season won’t begin on time.

“I’m still hoping it gets worked out, but, more and more, things are getting worse,” Mason told the Carroll County Times. “It seems less and less likely that things are going to start on time. I’m trying to be optimistic, but the worse it gets.”

The litigation continues as the NFL and the players prepare for a June 3 hearing regarding the injunction temporarily lifting the lockout.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals seem likely to ultimately rule in favor of the owners to keep the lockout in place after recently ruling against the players, apparently tipping their hand at what’s to follow.

“You win one and then there’s an appeal, and then you appeal again,” Mason said. “That’s why I don’t expect anything to get done until July. When one side or another wins in court, then the other side just appeals it. It’s a long legal process.”

Meanwhile, Mason and several other Ravens are set to conduct three days of informal workouts Tuesday at Towson University.

The primary emphasis is on conditioning work rather than the competitive drills that are typically conducted at an organized team activity or minicamp.

“We’re going to work hard with conditioning and stuff, but we’re going to do it in a smart way,” Mason said. “We’re just strictly going to do conditioning and throw the football. What we’re going to do the next three days is get in some good conditioning and have a good time.

“It’s just like working out on your own. Trust me, I’m not going to put guys in a position where they will get hurt. I don’t want to get myself hurt. You’ve got to be smart and trust your body, no one-on-one stuff. We’ll do hard work, but smart work.”

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