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Green Bay Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy said the owners were concerned about restarting league operations _ and then perhaps having another “un-start” in two months.

“One of our lawyers described it as trying to unscramble an egg,” Murphy said. “I think that’s what we all want to avoid.”

Little was clear Tuesday as both sides seemed to make up the rules as they went along. And the vast majority of players simply stayed away.

“It’s very chaotic for the teams right now,” agent Drew Rosenhaus said. “It’s not chaotic for the players. Our position is the lockout is over, free agency should begin, signings should begin, offseason workouts should begin, everything should be going on. The longer the NFL doesn’t do that and drags this out, the more there are concerns of collusion and violations of antitrust laws.”

Cleveland wide receiver Josh Cribbs and a small group of Browns players showed up at the team’s training facility and were greeted by Lew Merletti, senior vice president and director of security. Merletti handed them an official letter.

“It basically told us to be patient,” Cribbs said. “It let us know we can’t go upstairs and can’t have any personal contact with coaches or staff. It was kind of awkward because we don’t talk to our security staff unless there is a security issue, so the security issue was us.”

Buffalo cornerback Leodis McKelvin said he was turned away at the security gate, told to expect a call from his coach for clarity on when he could return.

One concern, particularly for teams with new head coaches such as Tennessee’s Mike Munchak, is lost time for players learning the new schemes. Titans right guard Jake Scott left his team’s headquarters after 10 minutes, told no staff was available to meet with players.

Then there is the issue of offseason bonuses built into existing contracts. Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander is in that position, one reason he joined Armstrong in showing up for work.

“I wanted to make sure I took full advantage to come up here and work out because I don’t want some technicality to happen later: ‘You didn’t show up. You didn’t come.’ And then I’m out of my workout bonus,” Armstrong said.

Lawyers and leaders for the players accused the league of essentially fostering the confusion by not being clear or consistent about how players could use the facilities.

“It was a little weird,” Washington Redskins wide receiver Anthony Armstrong said after a brief stop at team headquarters. “It felt like you were sneaking into the club or something like that, and they knew you weren’t supposed to be in there but they hadn’t done anything about it yet. Just a little awkward.”

NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah blamed the league for “chaos.”

“The owners didn’t seem to have a plan in place for an injunction. We were in a situation today where there were no uniform rules across the league,” Atallah said.

Said New York Jets defensive lineman Mike DeVito after a fruitless visit to his team’s facility: “It was like a ghost town in there.”

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