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The decision likely means that consolidated federal lawsuits brought against the NFL by Vilma and the NFLPA on behalf of the other three players are likely on hold until Goodell reissues punishment. It also spared U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan from having to decide before Sunday on a temporary restraining order requested by the players.

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AP Football Writer Barry Wilner in New York and AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report.