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At midnight, the NFL officially had its first work stoppage in 24 years when the owners locked out the players.

The move came seven hours after labor negotiations broke down and the NFL Players Association decertified. The lockout began when the deadline of the current collective bargaining agreement expired late Friday night.

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The NFL didn't release a statement announcing the lockout, but two league-run outlets – NFL Network and NFL.com – both reported it. Also, two people with knowledge of NFL's decision told the Associated Press that the league has locked out players as of midnight.

"We are locked out," said Kevin Mawae, the former president of the decertified NFLPA and retired 16-year veteran lineman, told the AP. "We were informed today that players are no longer welcome at team facilities."

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With the owners instituting a lockout, players aren't allowed at team facilities and can't meet or talk with coaches or trainers.

The players already requested an injunction to block a lockout. Ten players, including MVP quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, sued the owners in federal court in Minneapolis. It could take a month for there to be a ruling on the union's injunction request, and antitrust judgments should take longer.

This is usually the time when the NFL is dealing with free agency. There are 450 players who are projected to become free agents.

Even with the lockout, the NFL will still hold its draft at the end of April.

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