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Lockout Ruling Could Take Weeks

Those hoping for a quick resolution to the suit filed by the players to end the lockout are going to be disappointed.

The federal judge overseeing the NFL players' request to lift a lockout by the owners said it will take "a couple of weeks" to rule.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson, however, urged both sides to get back to the bargaining table.

Nelson heard arguments from lawyers for the players and NFL owners Wednesday in St. Paul.

The players say their careers are being irreparably harmed by the lockout. The owners say Nelson doesn't have the jurisdiction to issue an injunction while their is a complaint before the National Labor Relations Board.

This means we will probably have the unusual situation of the Draft coming before free agency. Teams will have to plan to select for need more than they otherwise might not knowing if or when there will be free agency this year. Even a resolution before the Draft will not leave teams with enough time to make many moves.