NFL Lockout Ruling Praised By DeMaurice Smith, Osi Umenyiora

Judge Susan Nelson's lifted the NFL lockout on Monday, siding with the players and against the NFL. It was a decision met by two distinctly different reactions from both sides, with the NFL slamming the ruling, as expected, and the players lauding it. The NFL is convinced it was in the right and a stay will be granted, allowing the process to continue, while the players called it a big win for themselves and fans of football.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith was succinct and praised Judge Nelson's ruling on Monday. Smith touted the ruling as a big win for the players, and for fans of football everywhere.

"I’m happy for our players and for our fans. Today, those who love football are the winners."

Osi Umenyiora was also happy with Nelson's decision and, like Smith, praise the ruling. Umenyiora vowed to keep the fight alive, but felt it was a win for the players and for fans of football. The ultimate goal, he said, was to see a full 2011 NFL season.

"Today’s ruling is a win for the players and for the fans that want to see a full NFL season in 2011. The lockout is bad for everyone and players will continue to fight it. We hope that this will bring us one step closer to playing the game we love."

The NFL will continue to fight the lockout and will file a request for an immediate stay of the ruling as soon as Monday evening. A ruling may come in the next day or so, giving us a better idea of what's next for the NFL.

For the latest news and updates, stay with our NFL lockout StoryStream.

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