MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL is a long way from playing football again — even if players are welcomed back to work with no lockout to stop them.
U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson granted the players' request for an injunction to lift the lockout on Monday, ending the NFL's work stoppage in its 45th day but prompting an immediate notice from the league that it will appeal.
And players? They were told to show up ready for work — or workouts — on Tuesday.
Carolina Panthers kicker John Kasay was holding a sheet of paper when he arrived at Bank of America Stadium on Tuesday morning. Kasay, who served as the team's union player representative before decertification on March 11, spent about 10 minutes inside the facility.
Asked why he showed up, Kasay said: "We're just walking through the process." He declined to answer further questions.
Bills safety George Wilson confirmed that the NFLPA emailed players after Nelson's ruling suggesting they show up at team facilities. He said players were told if they are denied access that teams would be in violation of the judge's ruling.
"We have received inquiry from a number of players and agents. We have simply responded and told them we don't see anything wrong with it," NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah said in a text message to The Associated Press. "Players are organizing stuff on their own."
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said any player who shows up at team facilities will be allowed in and "treated courteously and with respect."