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Patriots don't plan layoffs

NEW ORLEANS -- New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said Monday morning that the team has not had any layoffs as a result of the NFL's lockout.

"We believe there is going to be a season in 2011 and we're preparing for it," he said. "We need our entire staff to be focused on preparing for the 2011 season and you can't do that if you're laying people off."

Kraft was entering a meeting as owners are convening in New Orleans. His father, owner Robert Kraft, is absent due to a family medical situation.

NFL teams have varied in establishing employee plans during the work stoppage. Some teams, such as the Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals, have announced pay cuts. Others, like the New York Jets, are having staff take unpaid furloughs.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Isray said this week that his team is another that won't be affected yet by the lockout.

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.