ST. PAUL, Minn. (CBS) — Some major participants on both sides won’t be present Wednesday for the first hearing between NFL players and owners since a lockout began. reports NFL general counsel Jeff Pash will not attend the hearing in St. Paul, Minn., and nor will Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, both of whom are named plaintiffs in the lawsuit to end the lockout, reported. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said previously he would not be there, reported.

Among those who will be in attendance are NFL Players’ Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, general counsel Richard Berthelsen, and outside counsel Jeffrey Kessler representing the players, and attorneys David Boies, Bob Batterman and Gregg Levy for the NFL, according to

Some plaintiffs in the lawsuit will attend, including Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, reported.

At the hearing, attorneys will argue before U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson that the lockout should be lifted immediately because it is causing them “irreparable harm.”

The league contends the request shouldn’t be heard until the National Labor Relations Board weighs in on its claim that the players’ union negotiated in bad faith.

It will be the first time the two sides meet in court since the lockout was imposed more than three weeks ago. There have been no fresh talks to settle the labor impasse.

The players and retirees have also filed antitrust lawsuits against the NFL. Up first for Nelson is a decision on whether to lift the lockout – something the players contend will help save the 2011 season.

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