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8th Circuit Grants Temporary Stay Meaning 2011 NFL Lockout Is Back On

I hate to write about this after the 49ers made their move to select QB Colin Kaepernick, but it's important news nonetheless. Twitter is atwitter with news that the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has granted the NFL's request for a temporary stay of Judge Susan Nelson's injunction. This means the NFL Lockout, for at least a few days, is back in effect.

The league had requested 1) an expedited appeal, 2) a stay pending the appeal, and 3) a stay pending the determination of the stay in number two. This ruling is on number three, which means the lockout is in effect until the Court of Appeals decides on the more lengthy stay during the hearing of the NFL's appeal.

The 49ers had some players in town collecting playbooks and attempting to work out a bit, but now that is all back on hold. For players that picked up their playbooks, I have no idea whether they now need to return them, or if they can just hold on to them for the foreseeable future.

I'm also posting this separately so we can keep depressing lockout conversation out of the draft threads. The 49ers are making some big moves in this draft, so no need to bring it down in that conversation.