Indications late Wednesday night were that the NFL would continue to operate under the "lockout purgatory" rules it established Tuesday and Wednesday while pursuing a legal stay on its lockout. So far, at least, that's exactly the way Thursday has played out.
At least two NFC North players have reported to team facilities to work out but were turned away. While there have been reports of agents calling teams to jump-start free-agent and trade discussions, there are no indications that any moves are forthcoming. We'll leave the legal analysis to the experts, but the practical result is that through mid-morning nothing has really changed.
For those interested:
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway reported to the team's Winter Park facility but was told by vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski that the weight room was not available. Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune has the story. Greenway: "I don't want to put anybody in a bad position. I just want to see how things shake out and hopefully it will be soon."
Many of you are already suggesting that the NFL is in contempt of court for refusing to follow U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson's order to lift the lockout. I don't know what to tell you about that. I'm guessing the NFL is banking on winning a stay and then overturning her ruling on appeal. But I thought Bears tight end Greg Olsen had a good point via Twitter: "If the roles were reversed in labor dispute on eve of training camp and a player didn't show up to camp would he be fined?"
As always, stay tuned.