We're getting closer to having some clarification on where we stand with the NFL lockout. On Monday night, Judge Susan Nelson ruled to lift the lockout but the NFL is appealing that and requesting a stay, which is essentially asking to keep the lockout in place during the appeals process.
The players had a 9:00 a.m. (CT) deadline to file a brief opposing the league's motion to keep the lockout in place. Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the players brief says they shouldn't be "prevented from working one day longer."
Players' argument on why stay is unjustified: 1) NFL is unable to prove likelihood of success of appeal; 2) Failure to show harm suffered by injunction will be irreparable; 3) Grant of stay is not in public's interest; 4) Granting on injunction did not include "Substantial and Novel Legal Questions."
The players also requested that, if the stay is granted, the league should post a $1 billion bond, which is what they estimate the damages done if the stay is granted, pending their appeal.
The league has essentially been operating in the last day as if the lockout is still in place. They've allowed players into the building but they aren't signing free agents or getting involved in any player movement. The NFLPA obviously feels the lockout is lifted at the moment and business should be conducted.