- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae says his group’s leadership is discussing the terms of “the most recent written proposal” from owners.

Mawae’s statement was issued by the NFLPA on Friday _ a day after owners voted for a tentative deal, provided that players approve it, too, and re-establish their union.

He says the proposal being reviewed Friday includes a settlement agreement, economic terms and the process for turning the NFLPA back into a union.

He also says the NFLPA will not make further statements Friday.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) _ NFL owners chatted much of the day, polished off a couple of meals, then overwhelmingly approved a deal to end the lockout.

Only one problem: The players aren’t ready to join them at the table just yet.

So America’s most popular sport remains in labor limbo a bit longer.

The owners voted 31-0 Thursday for a decade-long deal to settle the impasse, but any giddiness among fans was quickly snuffed out. The players declined to vote on the proposal, at least right away, and a rash of Twitter messages left little doubt that plenty of work remains before there’s any blocking and tackling.

“NFL players! Stay strong! We are still fighting for past, present and future players. We will vote when they give us something to vote on!” wrote Ryan Clark of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Added Robert Johnson of the Tennessee Titans: “Owners tried to pull a fast 1 on us making the fans believe it’s because of US the players….Not this time buddy.”

Commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners expressed hope that their vote would lead to a speedy resolution to the NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987. They called it an equitable deal that improves player safety and allows the sport to prosper even more.

“It is time to get back to football,” a weary Goodell said during an evening news conference at an Atlanta-area hotel.

The players said they won’t be rushed into a deal, even with the owners insisting that time is running out to get in a full slate of four preseason games and 16 regular-season contests.

Already, one game is sure to be lost: The league called off the Hall of Fame exhibition opener, set for Aug. 7 between Chicago and St. Louis.

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