It's not just the players who are struggling with nothing to do with the NFL lockout. Reporters are also trying to find something, anything to occupy their time. But it's mostly about the players, of course. Which is why the AP wrote a story about Marcell Dareus mowing his godfather's grass. All about the players.
Which might not seem like that heavy a lift, particularly for a man as large as Dareus, but his godfather seems to be a bit on the OCD side of the ledger when it comes to lawn care.
"Everybody calls him 'Sergeant,' because he was a sergeant in the Army," Dareus said. "At 6 o'clock in the morning, we're up cutting grass. He ain't playing. He's crazy about keeping his yard cut. He has kind of a big yard. We cut it twice a week and trim his hedges. It's an all-day thing."
Still, two days' worth of lawn work isn't exactly the most taxing manual labor for someone who's about to be a millionaire several times over. And other players are doing everything from making runs for their parents' delivery business to sitting around the house.
What's Cam Newton doing? We're told only that he was recently seen at a 7-11 -- as a customer. Then again, he always has the money his father definitely did not make by selling his services to Auburn.