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Judge: Lockout Ruling To Take “Couple Of Weeks”

DeMaurice Smith (credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The federal judge overseeing the NFL players’ request to lift a lockout by the owners says it will take “a couple of weeks” to rule.

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

Nelson heard arguments from lawyers for the players and NFL owners on 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 injuction while their is a complaint before the National Labor Relations Board.
Nelson says she’d be happy to help facilitate a new bargaining session.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)