- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - NFL players are asking a federal appeals court to ignore the league’s request to put the lockout back in place.

The league has asked the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis to put a judge’s order lifting the lockout on hold. The NFL contends it is at risk of “irreparable harm, even during the relatively short period” needed for an appeal.

A letter sent to the appeals court Thursday by players attorneys says there is no risk of harm to the league and promised a full rebuttal by midday Friday. Until then, the players asked the appeals court to keep things status quo.

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