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Morning links: Ruling in NFL Labor dispute expected Monday

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Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan adjourned court-ordered mediated talks between owners and players until May 16 on Wednesday, and that both sides will not wait for a decision from Judge Susan Richard Nelson.

“There are a lot of uncertainties right now,” NFL general counsel Jeff Pash told Breer, as the league-imposed lockout hit its 40th day. “When we’re back together, we’ll know more. People's legal positions will be clearer. The network case is not a major factor, has never been a major factor, as far as our thinking goes.

“But we’ll be back here ready to make a deal, because that’s the only way that we’re going to solve this problem, by having a comprehensive labor agreement, by setting out all the terms, addressing all the issues and getting it wrapped up so we're not spending all our time in court.”

Gary Myers of the New York Daily News is hearing that a ruling is expected from Judge Nelson on Monday, with an expected decision in favor of the players to lift the current lockout.

The players could be showing some division among the ranks. According to Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Daily, as many as 70 mid-tier players want to be represented separately at mediation, and are close to hiring a law firm to intervene in the antitrust lawsuit against the NFL.

Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post provides an update on everything that has happened with the lockout up to this point, and anticipates what to expect in the days ahead.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Seahawks GM John Schneider is more comfortable in his skin in the second year as head personnel man of the team.

Jeff Baker of the Oregonian has this interview with Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, whose memoir “Idea Man” hit bookshelves this week.

According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, USC cornerback Shareece Wright visited Seattle on Wednesday. Arkansas State safety M.D. Jennings also has visited the Seahawks, according to Wilson.

Clare Farnsworth of profiles Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey and takes a look at some of the top offensive line prospects in this year’s draft.

Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports has the Seahawks selecting Cleveland offensive tackle Joe Thomas in his seventh annual mythical mock draft.