The on-again, off-again NFL lockout is on again.
Hours after NFL players reported to work for the first time in nearly two months, the league announced late Friday that the lockout would resume immediately, thanks to an appeals court ruling in the league’s favor.
The move capped a chaotic, topsy-turvy week that began with U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson lifting the 45-day lockout on Monday. She denied the NFL’s appeal on Wednesday, and the league took halting steps toward getting back to football.
On Friday morning, the NFL opened team facilities to players around the league. Players wore big smiles as they met with coaches, worked out and got a peek at their playbooks, a welcome return to normalcy in an offseason that has been anything but that.
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Then the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis granted the NFL’s request for a temporary stay of Nelson’s injunction order.
The appeals court is expected to rule next week on the NFL’s request for a more permanent stay that would last through its appeal of the injunction, a process expected to take 6-8 weeks.