The NFL is expected to appeal the ruling, handed down today by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson, that grants players’ request for a preliminary injunction to lift an owner-imposed lockout that began March 11. Still, the judge has decided not to stay the decision, the NFL said, meaning the league might have to open its doors immediately, which it doesn’t want to do without resolutions to stalled labor talks, pending appeals and word from the National Labor Relations Board whether it will hear the league’s complaint about unfair labor practices by player reps.