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“I don’t think anyone thought it was going to get to this point and it did,” Kalil said. “It’s nice there’s a little light at the end of the tunnel, and we get to come back and get out of that funk. We’ll see what happens moving forward.”

Not everything was resolved. The rules for free agency, trades and other roster moves expired with the collective bargaining agreement on March 11, the same day the players’ union was disbanded to clear the way for the court fight.

The league was expected to issue a new set of protocols, perhaps as early as Friday.

“What we’re doing right now is having to adjust, obviously, to court decisions,” Commissioner Roger Goodell told Jets season-ticket holders. “The most important things for us is to obviously respect the decisions of the court, and secondly, make sure we proceed in an orderly fashion and inform all 32 of our clubs to make sure we’re doing it in a responsible fashion.”

Mandatory minicamps and voluntary practices can begin under rules of the old CBA. Team-supervised workouts will count toward bonuses in player contracts, and players also can work out on their own at team facilities if they have health insurance in place.

But the legal fight was still on everyone’s minds.

“There is a little uncertainty because we know we can get started and they can pull the plug on us, so that’s the part that is upsetting,” Thomas said. “We’re going to do what we have to do.”

Brady said the bitter fight over the $9 billion business has not compromised the close relationship he has with Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

“I think our relationship is much deeper than that,” Brady said. “I don’t think it’s Tom Brady suing Robert Kraft. … It’s certainly not personal. He was at my wedding. We have a great relationship. We’ve always had (one). And I’m sure that’s going to continue.”

Goodell, who was roundly booed by fans at Radio City Music Hall as the draft began Thursday night, said he feared the fight could last for a while. He said he gets why fans booed him: “It’s the fans’ frustration, and I understand that.”

Rams kicker Josh Brown put a turkey hunting trip planned for next week on hold for rookie camp though he left the team facility Friday with a bag of equipment.

“I’ve got kicking balls and running cleats, you know, in case the lockout does resume,” Brown said.

Broncos fullback Spencer Larsen quipped that his wife kicked him out of the house at sunrise, fed up with all the extra family time.

“Like, ‘Get out of here. You’re throwing off my groove here,’” Larsen said. “She had everything dialed in during the season. The kids behave in a certain way, and dad lets them get away with a lot more.”


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