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Mike Freeman thinks that Tiki Barber should just shaddup. We think that Mr. Freeman's going to have to wait in line with that particular sentiment.

Chicago Bears safety Chris Harris thinks the NFL should cancel the Hall of Fame game, scheduled for Aug. 7, if the lockout prevents training camps from opening on time. The Bears are scheduled to play the St. Louis Rams at the Canton, Ohio, event, which coincides with the annual Hall of Fame inductions. There's a pretty decent shot that camps will open on time or close to it, based on recent labor reports, but I wouldn't be surprised if that one game was cancelled and nobody was too bothered about it. The Hall of Fame has been told by owners and players that the game is still set to happen, but the real preseason money (and thus, the urgency to get a deal done soon) starts rolling in the next week, when the first full preseason week is supposed to be played. Thursday, Aug. 11 is the real target date — that's when five different games are supposed to happen.

For the record, the Redskins' coaching staff expects to start the season on time. Of course, they don't know what defensive schemes work best for their personnel and they have no idea who their starting quarterback will be, but let's take it one step at a time. Some coaches on that staff have called it — the lockout will end on Sunday, July 10. Whether that revelation softens the hilarity of a quarterback battle between John Beck and Rex Grossman is a matter for another time.

NFL.com go-to guy Albert Breer details just what the financial pressures are, as meetings continue through this week — and possibly into the weekend...

Also, in a study that had us scratching our heads here at Shutdown Corner HQ, Pro Football Focus believes that Albert Haynesworth is still a top-three defensive tackle. No word on the sudden rumors that Vinny Cerrato (the former Redskins GM who signed Haynesworth to that wonderful $100 million contarct) has joined the PFF staff. In other recent PFF news, Tom Brady is the 33rd best quarterback in the NFL. Come to think of it, that Cerrato thing is starting to make sense…

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik has all the confidence in the world about Cam Newton's NFL outlook. "This is a great football player, he's got great character -- he loves the game. I don't know that I've really been around any player in my 20-some odd years of doing this that's a more competitive football player than Cam Newton," Chizik told the NFL Network on Tuesday's "Total Access" show. Well, sure. I'd love to see a college coach from a read-option offense come right out and admit that the quarterback he won with needs years of adjustments because he can't make multiple reads yet, but I suspect I'll be waiting a long time for that one...

Gil Brandt thinks that Brett Favre could be coaxed out of retirement.  Ugh. Not yet! We can't have a lockout AND Brett Favre speculation at the same time. One head-exploding drama at a time, please...

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