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NFL Honors Judge's Lockout Ruling; Football Officially Back...for Now

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The NFL has told its teams and players to get back to football, at least for now.

In a memo released Thursday hours before the draft, the NFL said players could resume voluntary workouts at team facilities, meet with coaches and go over playbooks beginning Friday. It also promised to distribute detailed procedures for signing free agents or making trades and other roster moves.

That memo, the league says, will spell out the timing for the start of the league year.

The NFL still hopes the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis restores the lockout. The court says players must respond to the league's request for a stay by noon CDT Friday. Then the league has until 9 a.m. CDT Monday to respond to that filing.

The NFL's request for a temporary stay is still pending before the court.

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