Defining Moments of the 2011 NFL Season

Text: William Carey
Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Bud Lite

Lockout ends

Trepidation that the NFL season would start late -- or not at all -- ended around the time training camps were scheduled to begin. On July 25, the NFL players approved a deal tentatively reached days earlier, putting an end to the four-and-a-half month work stoppage, the longest in league history. The Aug. 7 Hall of Fame game between the Bears and Rams was the only casualty as the rest of the preseason and regular season went off as planned.

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