NFL training facilities were barely open 24 hours before the locks went back on. Early Friday evening, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis ruled in favor of the owners by granting a temporary stay on Federal Judge Susan Nelson's decision Monday to deny the stay on her injunction for the players to end the 6 week old lockout. The Appeals court vote was 2-1 for the temporary stay. Almost immediately, players filed a 39 page brief arguing for a permanent stay. Owners will filed their briefs on Monday and a decision could come early next week. If the permanent stay is granted, the original injunction will then become subject to appeal by the owners. Arguments in that case aren't expected until late May or early June. So on the same day coaches began contacting veterans, passing out playbooks and teams allowing players to work out at facilities and seek medical treatment, NFL facility doors were slammed shut again. The league had planned to announce a start to the official NFL year, allowing trade and free agent transactions on Monday but that's on hold as well. No wonder fans booed Commissioner Roger Goodell again tonight on the second day of the draft.
About midway through Round 2, the impact outside linebackers are long gone for the Packers as are the top flight defensive backs. Another Wisconsin Badger was taken, tight end Lance Kendricks was the 47th overall pick to the St. Louis Rams. Still on the board for the Packers are a couple of intriguing wide receivers, Torrey Smith of Maryland and Randall Cobb of Kentucky. Running backs Mikel LeShoure of Illinois and Daniel Thomas of Kansas State might also get Ted Thompson's war room debate buzzing.