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NFL Management Council Advising Teams To Allow Players To Return

As widely reported Monday afternoon, Federal Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled in favor of the players, lifting the lockout that's kept the sport you love tied down. Minutes after the news broke, the NFL released a statement that read:

"We will promptly seek a stay from Judge Nelson pending an expedited appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. We believe that federal law bars injunctions in labor disputes. We are confident that the Eighth Circuit will agree. But we also believe that this dispute will inevitably end with a collective bargaining agreement, which would be in the best interests of players, clubs and fans. We can reach a fair agreement only if we continue negotiations toward that goal."

In the meantime, the NFLPA (who have long been decertified and shouldn't even exist as an organization) emailed all of their players suggesting that they head to work tomorrow. "Unless and until the judge issues an order for a stay, the teams will be in violation of Judge Nelson's order if they don't allow access" to facilities.

The NFL Management Council, according to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, is advising that teams allow players to return, but to keep the weight rooms closed. Why? We have no idea. We suppose it's that trivial One-upmanship from the billionaire portion of the two-sided conflict.