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"Well," Heneghan says, "his shoulder's come out? A few times? And he hasn't told us? Contractually we have the right to release him [and not pay him] for withholding injury information. Or we could put him on IR. Or do an injury settlement."
"Let's think about it," you say. "What's fairest for him? What's the best thing for the club? Surgery? Settle with him? We've got to figure everything out. How much money have we set aside for IR this year?"
"That budget's in pencil," Heneghan says, and you both laugh.
It's 1:05. There's a meeting for the Rochester trip in the office of Bill Hampton, the club's vice president of operations. "How're we waking those guys up in the morning?" you ask. "Bam-bam-bam on the door?" Interns will do just that.
It's 1:20. You have 70 minutes with director of college personnel Phil Neri and his six scouts. You have told them you want their true evaluations of the players in camp, not what they think you want to hear. Each scout has been watching his assigned position group for 10 practices, and now each will report in painstaking detail the players' strengths and weaknesses. One scout says the offense will be O.K. with the starters at guard and tackle, but after that, "I don't like any of the other guys we have. Sorry, Coach."
"O.K.," you say, looking grim. "Then can we petition the league to play eight-man football?"
Others jump in. "I don't think we have an H-back," another scout says.
"[Tight end] Rickey Dudley's a gifted athlete, but he plays disinterested," another says. "I don't think he enjoys the game."
"I don't know why you're not starting Anthony Henry at corner—prototype corner, great instincts," another says.