The NFL strikes back.
The league's owners received a favorable ruling today when the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a permanent stay on an earlier ruling lifting the lockout until an appeal is heard June 3.
The 2-1 decision was the same as the panel's earlier decision that gave the owners a temporary stay in late April during the draft. The appellate court said it believed the NFL has proven it will " likely suffer irreparable harm without a stay."
The ruling seemingly tilts the ball in the owners' favor as the work stoppage extends into its third month. With the lockout still on at least until early June it is likely that teams such as the Eagles will not have mini-camps.
It also means that free agency or any trades -- such as one that would involve Eagles backup quarterback Kevin Kolb -- will continue to be put on hold for the time being.
You can read the court's ruling here.