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Players try to pick up legal system on the fly

Vikings linebacker Ben Leber is fluent in zone dog blitzes and cover 2 dropbacks.When it comes to the legalese, however, that's another story. As the NFL labor fight moves from the mediation room to the court room, players are trying to learn the ins and outs of filing a lawsuit and the legal labyrinth that follows."For a player it can be frustrating at times, because now we're in the hands of the legal system," Leber said. "None of us are lawyers and we don't always understand the legalities of the dispute, so we just have to learn on the fly."Leber is one of the plaintiffs in a suit the players filed against the league last Friday and was a Vikings assistant player representative for the union before it decertified. He also sat in on some of the negotiating sessions in Washington a few weeks ago, so he is well versed in the complexities of the collective bargaining agreement.But now that the dispute is headed to the courts, he finds himself having to do more to stay on top of the dev...

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