Some football on Friday unless stay granted

Here are some bottom-line bullet points about how the NFL will operate over the next few days after this week's labor developments:

  • The draft will go on as scheduled, beginning Thursday night.

  • Team facilities remain closed to players through Thursday.

  • Starting Friday at 8 a.m. ET, teams can resume football contact with players. Facilities will be open for workouts, coaches can meet with players about football matters, playbooks can be handed out organized team activities (OTAs) can be held if teams choose to. The same goes for minicamps.

  • Contract discussions and player movement will still be barred, however. The NFL will notify teams later Friday when the free-agent market will open and when trades will be allowed. Early speculation is that it won't come before next Monday.

This timeline is subject to the NFL's request for a stay of the injunction that has forced this awkward period. That request is currently before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

So all of the above would be rendered moot if the stay is granted.

Again, nothing has changed for Thursday and it might not change at all if the stay is granted.

Now, back to the draft. ...