NFL announces plan to resume football operations

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Arizona Cardinals' Derek Anderson (3) throws against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 27-6. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) By Ross D. Franklin Arizona Cardinals' Derek Anderson (3) throws against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 27-6. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) By Ross D. Franklin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The NFL has told teams to resume football operations.

In a memo released Thursday hours before the draft, the NFL said players could resume voluntary workouts at team facilities, meet with coaches and go over playbooks.

As for signing free agents, trades and other roster moves, the NFL said it will distribute a "comprehensive set of procedures governing such transactions" -- likely on Friday.

That memo, the league says, will spell out the timing for the start of the league year.

Things could change depending on how the league fares in court. It is asking a federal appeals court to put the lockout back in place.