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Vikings operating as 'status quo'

Posted by: under Vikings, Leslie Frazier, Vikings off the field, Leslie Frazier, Vikings draft Updated: April 26, 2011 - 4:18 PM

NFL business was in a state of limbo Tuesday because of a ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson that blocked the lockout, thus opening the doors for players to return to their facilities, if only briefly and under weird circumstances.

While the NFL seeks a stay on the lockout until the appeals process is complete, Vikings officials said they are proceeding business as usual under terms of the lockout until informed otherwise by the league.

"We’re still in lockout mode and that’s where we are," coach Leslie Frazier said during a pre-draft press conference. "Everything is like it was 24 hours ago for us as coaches and as an organization. So nothing really has changed in that regard as far as our communication with our players and what we can and can’t do -- other than the fact that guys are able come in the building. But that’s the extent of it."

Frazier said linebacker Erin Henderson was the only player who showed up at Winter Park on Tuesday. Henderson spent about 30 minutes inside the facility and talked briefly with Frazier before leaving. Henderson did not workout.

"From what we understand, everything is status quo," said Rick Spielman, vice president of player personnel. "We have not heard anything different and not been instructed by the NFL on anything different than what it’s been from a business standpoint. So we’ll continue to abide by all of those rules."

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