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NFL allows teams to resume football operations

April 28, 2011 | 10:26 am

The NFL announced Thursday that players and teams can resume operations starting Friday.

Players will be allowed to take part in voluntary workouts and meet with coaches and teams will be allowed to contact players immediately to schedule medical and rehabilitation work.

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ordered the NFL on Monday to lift the lockout and denied the owners' request for a stay of injunction on Wednesday. The league is asking an appeals court to put the lockout back in place.

The league plans to release "a comprehensive set of procedures" in regard to the signing of free agents and other roster transactions. Those guidelines could be released as early as Friday.

Here's a look at the "post-injunction" guidelines released by the NFL (click on the thread to see guidelines):

-- Players will be permitted to use club facilities for physical examinations, rehabilitation and medical treatment, as scheduled by the club.

-- Clubs will be permitted to distribute playbooks, game film and other similar materials to players.

-- Coaches may meet with players for the purpose of discussing any materials distributed to players under item 2 above, as well as the club’s off-season workout program, its schedule of mini-camps, Organized Team Activities (“OTAs”), and other similar matters.

-- Voluntary off-season workout programs, including OTAs and classroom instruction, may begin subject to the rules in Article XXXV of the 2006 CBA and Appendix L. Participating players will be paid $130 per day, provided the player fulfills the club’s reasonable off-season workout requirements.  Such workouts will count toward the requirements of any off-season workout bonus in the player’s contract.

-- On days during which no official off-season workouts or OTAs are scheduled under item 4 above, nothing shall prevent the club from permitting any player to use the club facility to work out on his own on a voluntary, unpaid basis during normal business hours, or such other hours as may be set by the club, provided: (i) there is no participation or supervision by any coach, trainer or other club personnel; and (ii) the club has first verified that the player has an existing medical insurance policy in place. Players without such personal coverage should not be permitted to work out at the club facility on an unsupervised basis under this item 5, but may do so under item 4 above.  Unsupervised workouts will not count toward the requirements of any off-season workout bonus in the player’s contract. This item 5 will apply both prior to and after the commencement of the club’s official off-season workout program.

-- Mandatory and voluntary mini-camps may begin subject to the rules in Article XXXVI of the 2006 CBA.

-- The league office will promptly make arrangements to resume counseling, rehabilitation and treatment activities in connection with the substances of abuse and steroid programs. We will advise clubs as to when and on what basis testing will commence.

-- Players may participate in club-sponsored charitable and community relations events.

We'll have more on the NFL labor situation soon at


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