DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – The locked-out Detroit Lions have gathered in mass with their coaches and team executives for the first time in five months.

The Detroit Lions Invitational, which benefits the team’s charities, got the players together Tuesday with coach Jim Schwartz, general manager Martin Mayhew and team president Tom Lewand.

They could shoot the breeze about golf and families, but not much more. NFL employees are not allowed to communicate with players about football-related matters during the lingering lockout.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford acknowledges it’s weird to not talk shop with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, but says they don’t always discuss football because they’re friends.

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