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NFL, locked-out players open Day 4 of talks

- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The NFL and its locked-out players have opened a fourth day of court-ordered talks at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, Packers CEO Mark Murphy, Falcons President Rich McKay and owners Pat Bowlen of Denver and Jerry Jones from Dallas all declined comment as they arrived Wednesday. Players Ben Leber and Mike Vrabel were joined by Hall of Famer Carl Eller and attorneys for the talks in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan.

It has been two weeks since a federal judge ordered them back to the table. She is expected to decide soon on the players' request to lift the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987 _ a decision that will almost certainly be appealed.

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