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If owners and players can’t agree on a new collective bargaining agreement by late next week, owners have indicated they will lock out the players. At that point, much of the league’s business would be suspended. That includes organized off-season workouts and practice.

“The thing I did not know was he was coming to the funeral. … I did not know he was sending limos, he did not tell me that; I did not know he was bringing flowers to the place. I did not know he was going to be in my hometown talking amongst people like he knew he lived there all his life.

“This team, this city always stood behind me.”

“There has been enough serious discussions to warrant both sides taking this step,” NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash said Friday outside the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service headquarters in Washington, D.C. “The mediators felt that. That’s why they requested it of us.

“If they believe we’re in a position where we can make progress and get to an agreement, then I think it’s incumbent upon us with our ownership to make that effort.”

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