With the NFL now days into its first work stoppage since 1987, franchises are already starting to feel the impact. Teams are talking about laying off personnel, while player movement has ground to a halt. How will the lockout affect the Patriots? Here are five ways:

COMPARED TO MOST OTHER TEAMS, THE PATRIOTS ARE FAIRLY WELL POSITIONED



On Saturday afternoon, Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft issued the following statement on the labor situation:
 

Speaking on the Mut & Merloni Show with Mike Mutnansky and Lou Merloni, Sport Illustrated's Peter King suggested there might be some hope regarding the NFL avoiding a lockout Friday, but he still remains pessimistic about any agreement before the NFLPA's certification expires later in the day.

 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has released the following statement regarding the report that Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather was involved in a shooting late last month:

“The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls from the local and national media with varying degrees of information and speculation to determine if NFL player William Brandon Meriweather, of the New England Patriots; committed the shooting, or is a suspect in the case.

The Patriots have issued a brief statement regarding the report that safety Brandon Meriweather was involved in a shooting late last month in Florida: "We are aware of the reported allegation, but do not have any additional information." For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

In the wake of a report that Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather was involved in a shooting in his hometown of Apopka, Fla., late last month, an Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. Spokesman told WEEI.com Thursday morning that Meriweather is not currently part of any investigation: “Mr. Meriweather is not officially listed on any police report at this point. There is an ongoing investigation into that incident, but I can tell you he’s not listed at this point.

Appearing on the Dennis & Callahan Show with Dale Arnold and Gerry Callahan, attorney John Morgan of the law firm Morgan & Morgan spoke about the case involving his two clients, who are claiming they were shot by Patriots' safety Brandon Meriweather at a Feb. 27 party in Apopka, Fla.

 

According to Deadspin, Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather allegedly shot two men outside a house party in Apopka, Fla., Feb. 27. The incident, which reportedly includes one of the men getting shot in the head, was being reported by the attorney for the two victims, John Morgan.

 

While the NFL players and owners face a Friday deadline in their attempt to get a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in place, the two sides are starting to find some common ground on some relatively smaller issues, according to a story from Yahoo! Sports.

 

According to multiple sources, Miami defensive lineman Allen Bailey has a meeting and a workout with the Patriots scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Bailey is a 6-foot-3, 285-pounder who played defensive end and defensive tackle with the Hurricanes, and recorded 19 sacks in his college career, including seven as a senior. He recorded 31 tackles for a loss in with Miami, including 11 in 2010.

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