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League announces rules for opening its doors

The NFL announced that it will seek an emergency stay on Judge Susan Richard Nelson's ruling to lift the lockout in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, with the hope that they get some kind of ruling by Monday.

But until the time, the league has announced the set of rules they will use moving forward in opening their doors for business which begins on Friday, at 8 a.m. Eastern time.

That means still no player trades will be allowed during the first day of the draft.

According to the statement, teams can contact players and let them know when the facility will be available for workouts; they can schedule medical and rehabilitation activity,they can hand out playbooks and arrange meetings with coaches or related activity, such as film study or classroom work; and teams can hold OTAs and other off-season workouts, which means players will have an opportunity to begin to earn workout bonuses.

So it appears the league is getting back to some normalcy, depending on what the ruling is from the Court of Appeals.