The National Football League notified the 32 teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, on Thursday that they can resume business operations starting at 8 a.m. Friday.
The league, embroiled in a bitter labor dispute with the NFLPA, was forced to lift the lockout after Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled in favor of the players, granting a preliminary injunction on Monday. She denied the league’s motion to stay her decision on Wednesday.
While the league plans to exhaust its legal moves by requesting that the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals grant a stay of the preliminary injunction while waiting to hear their motion for an appeal, they are going to comply with the Nelson’s order to lift the lockout.
“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 league