NFL Lockout: Players Want League Year To Start Immediately

The NFL lockout has been lifted -- for now -- as we wait to see whether Judge Susan Nelson will put the ruling on hold. The NFL hopes she puts the lockout back in place but we likely won't find that out until sometime on Wednesday 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the players have asked Judge Susan Nelson to force the NFL to open for business immediately. That means allowing players into the facility and, at some point depending on the rules implemented, free agency.

The NFL has until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday to respond. Presumably the response is about setting league rules if the lockout remains lifted. Some expect the league to implement the set of rules used in 2010, which would mean no salary cap again.

Andrew Brandt of National Football Post predicts that it's unlikely we'll have a situation where the league year opens this week before or during the draft.

Nelson should rule by late tomorrow. If she rules for the Players, the NFL will request an immediate appeal to the Eighth Circuit to stay the injunction, which could take a couple to a few days. Either way, it is unlikely we will have NFL business during the Draft this week.

We're still in a wait-and-see mode with all of this and it appears it will stay that way until at least Wednesday.

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