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Friday, 22 July 2011 10:41
NFL Owners, Fans Waiting For NFL Players To Approve CBA
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Update 11:51 a.m.;

NFLPA president Kevin Mawae issued this statement on Friday regarding the status of the negotiations with the NFL owners: 

"Player leadership is discussing the most recent proposal with the NFL, which includes  a settlement agreement, deal terms and the right for addressing re-certification. There will not be any further NFLPA statements today out of respect for the Kraft family while they mourn the loss of Myra Kraft." 

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith is attending funeral services for Mrs. Kraft, the wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft. 

The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game. 

It's possible that a vote on the proposed deal will come on Friday, but not likely. NFLPA leadership cautiously optimistic that as deal will be finalized soon. The key at this point will be for the NFL to respect the players' chosen method of reconstituting the union. 

Reaction from some of the players on Twitter and other media was  highly critical of the owners' decision. "Look guys I have no reason to lie! The truth of the matter is we got tricked, duped, led astray, hoodwinked, bamboozled & I'm sorry you did too!" wrote Vonnie Holiday, the Redskins player representative, on his Twitter account.

Prior Column
NFL owners approved a new 10-year labor agreement with the players Thursday and decided to lift the sport's four-month-old lockout -- provided players approve the deal as well. The owners' moves put the onus on the players to decide whether to put the league back in business, reports the Washington Post's Mark Maske.

 Players will be permitted to begin reporting to team's training facilities for voluntary workouts beginning Saturday if the players' executive committee recommends by then that all the players approved the CBA . 

"As you know issues that need to be collectively bargained remain open, other issues such as workers' compensation, economic issues and end-of-deal terms remain unresolved,: NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith wrote in an e-mail to players. "There's no agreement between the NFL and the players at this time." 

Mark Ingram

WBRC-TV reports  Saints first-round draft choice Mark Ingram got a scare on Friday, Ala., when his car collided with an 18-wheeler at 1 a.m. 

Ingram's girlfriend was riding with him.  No one was injured.


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