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NFL season remains on hold

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- The president of the decertified NFL union said Friday an agreement approved by league owners was under review by the players.

There was no indication as to when, or whether, the players would vote on the deal that the owners said they had accepted. After the announcement by the owners Thursday that they had ratified a negotiated settlement, the chief negotiator for the players said that deal included things that had not been agreed upon by the players.

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The development again put the start of the league season in jeopardy. The Hall of Fame Game, originally scheduled for Aug. 7, has been canceled and the first full week of the exhibition season will likely be lost if a final agreement is not reached during the next week.

"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 statement.

Mawae said no further communication would be made Friday due to the death of the wife of New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft. Several owners, along with union chief DeMaurice Smith, were in Boston Friday to attend the funeral of Myra Kraft, who died Wednesday.

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The absence of a positive vote from the players meant the timeline originally announced by the league Thursday would not be initiated. After announcing they had ratified an agreement with the players, the owners had said free agent signings would begin Saturday.

That and all other league activity will now be put on hold, just as it has been since the owners locked the players out March 12.

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