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Judge Susan Nelson To Rule Monday On NFLPA Injunction

According to multiple reports, Judge Susan Nelson will rule on the player’s request for an injunction this Monday. She is expected to rule in favor of the players, which would ‘life the lockout.’ What exactly does that mean for the possibility of free agency?

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Players are confident that Nelson will grant the injunction to lift the lockout, which would allow them to return to work and for free agency to begin.

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Owners, who also expect the injunction to be granted, believe they can get a stay from Nelson that will keep the league closed for business while they appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.They think they have a better chance to prevail there before a court with a reputation for being business-friendly.

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Either way, it makes for some interesting developments such three days before the 2011 NFL Draft. I doubt free agency would happen before it, but if it does, it will be an absolutely chaotic week.

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