NFL Nation: Susan Richard Nelson

Video: Judge denies NFL's stay request

April, 27, 2011

Chris Mortensen with the latest on Judge Susan Richard Nelson's ruling.

Free agency unlikely on Thursday

April, 27, 2011
Some of you night owls might be aware that U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson has denied the NFL's request for a stay on the injunction that lifted its lockout earlier this week. Technically that means the league is open for business, including trades and free agent signings, on the eve of the 2011 draft.

Practically, however, it appears Thursday will evolve much like Tuesday and Wednesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL will tell its teams to hold off on all offseason business, with the exception of the draft, while it files a stay request with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. ESPN analyst and National Football Post president Andrew Brandt concurred, tweeting that the NFL won't effectively open its doors for business unless it fails to receive a stay from the appeals court.

Bottom line: If you were hoping your NFC North team would sign a free agent or two before the draft begins Thursday night, or would like them to include players in trade offers during the draft, I'm sorry. As of late Wednesday night, at least, that doesn't appear likely. We're back at it in the morning.

Lockout lifted, but are doors still closed?

April, 25, 2011
The NFL lockout is over!

Or is it?

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson seemingly ended the lockout Monday with a preliminary injunction that favored the players. The NFL quickly announced it would appeal the decision and request a stay that would prevent the doors opening for business right away.

The Twitterverse is abuzz with chatter about what this means.

Some agents believe free agency has begun and are informing their players to report to team facilities Tuesday morning for workouts that could determine big offseason bonuses.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league will not begin its offseason until the stay has been considered.

Nelson's ruling is 89 pages long. A file of has been posted on for you to peruse if you dare.