We're less than three months away from the Thursday Night Football game that is scheduled between the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers to kick-off the 2011-12 NFL season. With the NFL lockout still in full effect many wonder whether that game, or any for that matter will be played.
Saturday at the Chugwater Chili Cook-off, former University of Wyoming safety and current Detroit Lions defensive back John Wendling spoke to Channel 5. Wendling seems optimistic that football will be played come September, although, he admits that camps may open a little later than normal.
"I'm very optimistic, I think things are going to work out. It's coming down to crunch time and a lot of people know that," said Wendling.
The 2006 Wyoming graduate went on to say that at this point, not only are fans craving a new labor agreement, but both players and owners are wanting to get a deal done.
"Everybody wants football, both sides want football."
With most players working out on their own or in player led team workouts, Wendling thinks that when training camp rolls around in late-July, it'll be under a new CBA. If anything is delayed though, Wendling thinks it could possibly be training camp and not the regular season.
"Maybe start a little bit late but if anything, I think we're going to be there for camp."
The Detroit Lions are scheduled to open their season on September 11, when they travel to Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.