• The only way you may be seeing your favourite NFL players for a while is through the magic of scripted television appearances. Maybe Colts tight end Dallas Clark had the fine fans of Indianapolis in mind when he signed on to do a quick two-line cameo on Criminal Minds that will air in April. Or maybe he really just likes acting.
  • Clark’s appearance will only add to what’s become football’s growing infatuation with TV crime dramas. Jets head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum also taped an appearance on CSI: New York that will air later this spring. Clark won’t be the first player to appear on Criminal Minds either. Greg Jennings was already busy cleaning up spilled blood and guts.
  • Today is Blaine Gabbert day, giving us another excuse to drink green beer, I guess. Since the lockout is effecting everything, Gabbert will be throwing to some unfamiliar receivers during Missouri’s Pro Day.
  • Every year there seems to be one prominent position flying off the draft board early, and this year is very much all about the defensive lineman. That could mean Mark Ingram–the only first-round worthy running back–will take a draft day tumble.
  • It’s been documented in many places–and many places on this blog–that once the union decertified the players’ contracts no longer applied, and they’re now free to do whatever they please. That’s why Chad Ochocinco can pursue a soccer stint, and it’s why Jason Babin is being a least slightly serious about playing in the UFL or CFL. The Titans defensive end is among several NFL players who have received “feelers” from both leagues.
  • Pay cuts are already starting to pile up in NFL front offices, and we’re only on Day 6 of the lockout.
  • And unbelievably, Ken Meringolo’s daily lockout diary is still going. Yesterday it featured some quality ideas for how the courtroom proceedings in Brady vs. the NFL will go. You’re travelling into territory no blogger has ever charted before, Ken. Somebody pass that man some green beer.
  • The Cowboys have quite predictably denied Jerry Jones‘ vigilante antics during a mediation session last week, conduct that was first reported by Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter.
  • Lawrence Taylor approves of Tiki Barber‘s comeback attempt.
  • Kissing Suzy Kolber celebrates March Madness with a rather amazing lockout cliché bracket.