PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A judge temporarily lifted the lockout on NFL players Monday night.
On Tuesday, a few Steelers players were allowed in the practice facility on the South Side after being urged to return to work by Ryan Clark.
Clark is the team’s player representative and was one of only a couple guys to show up on the South Side Tuesday morning.
As an example of the level of uncertainty surrounding the situation, Charlie Batch technically isn’t even a member of the Steelers at this point. However, he arrived at the facility around 8 a.m.
He’s a free agent, but nobody knows what that means. The players say with the lockout now over, free agents can sign wherever they want. The owners say, until another decision comes from the courts, nothing can happen.
While the lockout officially ended in a court decision Monday night, Batch found himself literally locked out of the Steelers’ headquarters on the South Side.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson in Minnesota granted a preliminary injunction which lifted the seven-week lockout.
Judge Nelson agreed with the players that lockout was causing irreparable damage to their careers and ability to make a living.
As for Clark, he showed up around 8:20 a.m.
“Guys are [going to] come out when they can. I mean we’re not allowed to work-out right now. We’re not allowed to really get back into the football swing of things, so you know, guys are [going to] come down and do what they can, but we can’t make them allow us to do everything that we want to do. So, you come in, and we fought to come in the building, so I know I can’t get a workout here, so I’m [going to] try to grab one, and come back and talk to Carnell Lake,” Clark said.
Clark spent much of his time inside talking with Mike Tomlin, who was hanging out behind the front desk.
As is their legal right, the NFL put a notice of appeal in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.
For now, the waiting game continues.
Clark also spoke with 93-7 The Fan’s Morning Show about the latest developments.