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DAY 6: Mediation Wraps Up; Both Sides Return Thursday

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By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Pro Football Writer

WASHINGTON - The NFL and the players' union have wrapped up a sixth consecutive day of mediated talks - and they will meet again Thursday.

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and most of his negotiating group - including four current players - left Wednesday's session at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service a little after 5:30 p.m.

That was less than an hour after Smith and a dozen members of the union's team returned from a 1½-hour break. 

Smith and others declined to comment. So did NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash when he left later, other than to say, "See you tomorrow morning."

The current collective bargaining agreement expires next week, and the voluntary mediation is seen as an attempt to spur progress.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 


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WASHINGTON - Brian Dawkins, Mike Vrabel and Jeff Saturday are taking part in the NFL labor talks as the sessions with the league, the players' union and a federal mediator moved into a sixth day.

Denver Broncos cornerback Dawkins, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Vrabel and Indianapolis Colts center Saturday arrived Wednesday morning at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in the nation's capital. They joined Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and their respective negotiating teams for the talks that consumed 35 hours over the first five days.

The talks with the mediator are expected to continue through Thursday. The league's current labor deal expires at the end of the day March 3.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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