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NFL-NFLPA Joint Statement:

The discussions this week have been constructive and progress has been made on a wide range of issues. Our legal and financial teams will continue to work through the weekend. We will continue to respect the confidentiality orders of Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan and will therefore refrain from commenting on specific issues or aspects of the negotiations. We will provide additional information as developments in this process continue.

Too many links to wait until Monday, and I'll be soaking up the sun and riding the waves on Saturday.  Here's hoping we can celebrate "NFL Labor Day" sometime this weekend.

Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) There's still a minor reason to be mildly concerned.

Doug Farrar (Yahoo! Sports) Labor update: All indications point to a deal in time for full preseason.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News) Labor negotiations progress rapidly deal possible next week.

Gregg Rosenthal (ProfootballTalk) No deal Friday: NFL, NFLPA release joint statement on "constructive" talks.

Albert Breer (NFL.com) Owners, players agree on labor deal economics, cite progress.

Gregg Rosenthal (ProFootballTalk) Report: Economics of deal are essentially done.

Judy Battista (NY Times) Only a few more yards to cover for NFL and players.

Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Almost nothing can derail a deal now.

Nancy Gay (Fox Sports) Progress made, but work remains on CBA.

AP Report (NFL..com) Eller: Retirees 'just looking to make things right' in new CBA.

Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Once completed, new CBA will be as long as 10 years.

Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Rookie wage scale details demonstrate that owners lost battle, won war.

Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Report: Rookies will get '40-50%' less in 2011.

Gregg Rosenthal (ProfootballTalk) Owners give up right of first refusal idea.

Jim Trotter (SI) Players' secret lockout insurance could have sparked talks.

Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Players' lockout insurance fund may have broken the ice on Thursday, or not.

Mike Freeman (CBS Sports) The threat that changed everything.

Clark Judge (CBS Sports) End to lockout only signals beginning of mayhem.

Gregg Doyel (CBS Sports) Bad behavior during lockout cannot go unpunished.

Mike Freeman (CBS Sports) Safer post-lockout NFL will still include violence.

Don Banks (SI) With the end of lockout close, what exactly have we learned?

Ray Ratto (CBS Sports) Rehiring the fired would be icing on NFL labor cake.