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NFL tells teams, players it’s OK to return to work

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

As the NFL awaits a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals, the league has told clubs to open facilities to players starting today.

U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson effectively ended the lockout Monday, and she denied the league’s request for a temporary stay on Wednesday.

But with attorneys for the players insisting the league was in contempt for not immediately starting its league year, the NFL advised clubs to allow players to work out today. The NFL also is ­expected to announce rules for signing free agents and making trades and other roster moves.

Several Bears plan to head to Halas Hall today to use the weight room and work out. Even more players are expected to show up Monday. In addition, clubs are now free to contact players, schedule medical and rehabilitation sessions and arrange meetings with coaches, which includes film study and classroom work.

The Detroit Lions reportedly informed players that there would be a team meeting Monday and that organized team activities would start Wednesday.

The Bears will start their conditioning program May 9.

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