NFL PLayers Locked Out Again

Lockout restored evening after players return to work
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2011 5:21 AM CDT
NFL PLayers Locked Out Again
A landscaper spruces up the deserted grounds of the Atlanta Falcons training facility.   (AP Photo/John Amis)

(Newser) – The NFL locked its players out again on last night after a legal victory in its battle with players over the future of the business, capping one of the most chaotic weeks in football history. An appeals court granted the league's request to reinstate the lockout and issued a temporary stay of a federal judge's order to lift it, reports AP. The league will seek a longer stay next week to extend the lockout while it appeals the judge's ruling.

Players relieved to be back at work had reported to league facilities all over the country yesterday morning, meeting with coaches, receiving playbooks, and going through workouts for the first time since they were locked out on March 11. Those facilities are now off limits again and coaches fear they won't be able to bring rookies up to speed in time for next season. "I just wanna get back to work and play! I feel bad for our fans having to put up with this," tweeted Raiders quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. (Read more NFL stories.)

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