LOS ANGELES -- All-Pro cornerback Mike Haynes, a season-long holdout with the New England Patriots, began practicing with the Los Angeles Raiders Thursday after a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order in his lawsuit against the NFL.
U.S. District Judge Wallace Tashima specified, however, Haynes cannot play in a game for the Raiders for two weeks.
Haynes and co-plaintiff Howard Slusher (Haynes' attorney) have asked the court to question the NFL's application of its trading deadline rule. They filed the suit against the league and others after the NFL voided Haynes' trade from the Patriots to the Raiders last month when the deal was apparently made less than one hour after the deadline.
Haynes held out with the Patriots seeking a renegotiated contract. He reportedly wanted to become the highest paid defensive back in the NFL.