Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Nelson said that she will take the NFL and the NFL players' arguments "under advisement" and that she will need "a couple of weeks" before she issues a ruling on the players' request for an injunction to lift the league-imposed lockout.
Judge Nelson also added, "This is a matter that should be resolved. A lot of folks are impacted."
So what does all this mean? Here's my translation:
It shouldn't take "a couple of weeks" for Judge Nelson to rule on this. She may well be looking at the NFL and saying that she's prepared to grant the relief the players are seeking now, which is lifting the lockout. However, if she does that, things could get a whole lot messier for the NFL. As you know, things are already pretty messy.
So by saying she needs a couple of weeks, she may be strongly encouraging the NFL to get back to the negotiation table.
As well, by saying this matter "should be resolved", she is pointing out that there are obvious areas of compromise. That is difficult to argue with.