NFL players say no further statements Friday

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, Last Updated: 1:29 PM ET

WASHINGTON - The decertified NFL players union is reviewing the proposed collective bargaining agreement that owners voted to approve on Thursday and said Friday that no further statements would be made.

"Player leadership is discussing the most recent written proposal with the NFL, which includes a settlement agreement, deal terms and the right process for addressing recertification," NFLPA president Kevin Mawae said Friday in a written statement. "There will not be any further NFLPA statements today out of respect for the Kraft family while they mourn the loss of Myra Kraft."

Many NFL owners, as well as union chief DeMaurice Smith, are in Boston to attend the funeral of Kraft. The wife of New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft died Wednesday after a battle with cancer.

Owners, on Thursday in Atlanta, ratified the proposed CBA in a nearly unanimous fashion. The vote was 31-0 with only the Oakland Raiders abstaining.

However, the players did not vote on the proposed deal Thursday and could do so sometime this weekend.

Under the timeline framed out by owners on Thursday, players would have been able to begin voluntary workouts at team facilities on Saturday if they had approved terms of the settlement.

If players finally ratify the proposal, the NFL calendar and free agency signing period would start July 27 at 2 p.m. (et) and training camps for all teams would open the same day with activities limited to physicals, meetings and conditioning. Players would practice without pads on Days 2 and 3.

There has been one casualty of the ongoing process, however, as the NFL had to cancel the Hall of Fame Game on August 7 between the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams.


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