The Bears have been waiting for a response from the league before deciding whether to open their doors to players. Apparently, they have their answer after the league issued a memo stating that --- barring an appeals court ruling in their favor today --- NFL teams will be allowed into team facilities on Friday.
"We -- just moments ago -- notified our clubs that we think it's appropriate under the circumstances to take additional steps in response to the injunction," Aiello told "ProFootballTalk Live". "So the facilities will open tomorrow at 8 a.m. Eastern time. In the meantime, clubs are free immediately to start contacting players and let them know when the facilities will be open for use."
That means, according to an NFL statement, players can go to their facilities for medical exams, film study and to meet with coaches. Teams can also start scheduling organized team activities.
The league year has yet to officially begin, however, which means trading players and signing free agents can't happen today.
"Judge Nelson said it was up to us to determine how to proceed, and we think in light of the fact that the first round of the draft is tonight, clubs are fully focused on that," Aiello said. "The best way to proceed is for the veterans to start working out at facilities tomorrow, and then we'll set up the process of starting the league year, which would include player trades and player signings. . . . No player transactions until we start the league year."
If the appeals court issues a stay, all bets are off.