Things are about to spiral out of control in the NFL as, per the decision of Judge Susan Nelson, the lockout is lifted and league business must resume. The NFL has just commented on the matter, releasing an official statement outlining what is and isn’t permitted when league business resumes tomorrow morning at 8 AM.
The long and short of it is that players may resume all activities, teams may not lock players out or prevent them from doing any activities, working out or speaking with coaches. OTA’s, mini-camps and all other organized activities will go on as scheduled and teams may disseminate playbooks and other information to players freely now. Earlier in the day teams were turning away players but after the NFLPA pressed teams with the threat of having them ruled in contempt of court, teams then reneged and now the NFL league year will proceed.
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.
This is big news and we will keep you posted as more information comes out throughout the day.