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NFL And Players: We’re Making Progress

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and National Football League Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, right, speak to the media outside of the Ritz-Carlton hotel after addressing players during the NFLPA rookie symposium on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in Sarasota, Fla. (credit: AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and National Football League Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, right, speak to the media outside of the Ritz-Carlton hotel after addressing players during the NFLPA rookie symposium on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in Sarasota, Fla. (credit: AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The NFL and its players are making progress on a deal to restart pro football and save the 2011 season.

At the end of three long days at the negotiating table, the league and the players’ association issued a joint statement Friday saying, “The discussions this week have been constructive and progress has been made on a wide range of issues.”

The sides’ legal and financial teams will continue to work over the weekend, and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith says he and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will talk or meet again in the next couple of days.

The two sides are scheduled to head to Minneapolis early next week, where they will meet with mediator and U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan.

After a four-month lockout, the players and owners moved ahead this week on issues including rookie contracts and a salary cap.

NFL-NFLPA JOINT STATEMENT

The discussions this week have been constructive and progress has been made on a wide range of issues. Our legal and financial teams will continue to work through the weekend. We will continue to respect the confidentiality orders of Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan and will therefore refrain from commenting on specific issues or aspects of the negotiations. We will provide additional information as developments in this process continue.

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