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NFL Releases Statement On Post-Injunction Operations

The NFL has released a statement on their labor news website regarding the injunction they’ve filed and the current state of operations. The statement begins:

The NFL clubs have been notified that we have requested from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals a stay of the preliminary injunction issued late Monday afternoon by the Federal District Court. Pending further guidance from the Eighth Circuit, we believe it is appropriate for clubs to take additional steps in response to the preliminary injunction.

The statement then details guidelines for player participation with NFL facilities and franchises. Among those guidelines, the NFL will re-open rehab and medical treatment, voluntary offseason workout programs and minicamps and OTAs. Coaches will also be allowed to meet with players and distribute playbooks.

The big remaining question is what will become of player transactions, such as trades and free agent signings. The statement addresses this:

With respect to player transactions (such as signings, trades of player contracts, terminations, tryouts, etc.), we plan to distribute to all clubs, likely tomorrow, a comprehensive set of procedures governing such transactions. This will include the timing for the commencement of the 2011 League Year, free agent signings and other customary player transactions.

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