Just prior to the silver toss, players for the New Orleans Saints as well as Minnesota Vikings walked to the crush outlines in the Louisiana SuperDome as well as hold up their index fingers in what was, according to the source with believe of the situation, the gesticulate of togetherness which players goal will turn the pregame routine.

The move was a public message to owners that players are united in negotiations for the upcoming collective bargaining agreement, which threatens to derail the 2011 season.

—Sabrina B.