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NFL: “We need a few days to sort this out”

NFL Owners Meet To Discuss Status Of Contract Negotiations

CHANTILLY, VA - MARCH 02: NFL Senior VP of Public Relations Greg Aiello briefs the media after a meeting with NFL owners at a hotel on March 2, 2011 in Chantilly, Virginia. The NFL owners are meeting in Chantilly to discuss negotiations with the players union about a collective bargaining agreement that expires March 3, at midnight. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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While the NFL world waits for what comes next in this labor legal scrum, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says the league will proceed “in an orderly way.”

Aiello released a statement to NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora on Tuesday morning:

“We are going to proceed in an orderly way that is fair to the teams and players and complies with court orders. Players are being treated with courtesy and respect at club facilities,” Aiello said. “We do not believe it is appropriate for football activities to take place until there are further rulings from the court. Under last set of proposals made to NFLPA teams wouldn’t even be into offseason programs yet. We need a few days to sort this out, as NFLPA attorney Jim Quinn indicated.”

While the NFL waits a few days to sort things out, presumably they will get a ruling on whether a stay will be issued for Monday’s ruling on the lifting of the lockout.

If the NFL’s appeal of Judge Susan Nelson’s ruling isn’t heard, we could start the 2011 league year sooner than later. It sounds like we’ll be in this strange in-between, however, for a few more days.