Based on an apparent email from their union representatives to the players, labor peace in the NFL likely won't be reached this weekend.
The memo, which was obtained by ESPN, informed players that they won't talk again until Monday to discuss "the direction we want to go." NFL Players' Association officials later said no conference call or meeting was scheduled for Monday and that leaders planned to work through the weekend.
Meanwhile, NFL owners have set a Tuesday deadline for the players to recertify as a union and agree to the proposed 10-year collective bargaining agreement.
On Thursday, NFL owners voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposed collective bargaining agreement and announced a tentative calendar that included opening facilities on Saturday and starting free agency Wednesday. The NFL's general managers were told during a Friday league meeting that the schedule has been put on hold until there is a resolution with the players.
Team officials were informed they could start football activities the day after a labor agreement.
"We were told that the lockout was still in place," said John Elway, the Broncos' executive vice president of football operations. "We're just waiting."
The players have been reluctant to agree to the proposal, saying that the version of the new agreement the owners approved wasn't given to them until after their conference call Thursday night. The players feel owners are pressuring them to accept their proposal in the face of public scrutiny.
"It seemed like now it's on the players and [the owners] put it out there like that," Ravens running back Ray Rice told ESPN. "Certain things look good [in the CBA] and certain things look like they are still in question. We don't have a timetable, but we want to get a deal equal for the players."
Rice added, "I think we will be playing very soon."
Said Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, "I think it's bananas. It's crazy that we're still here, that we ain't got nothing done. I just hate that it's taking too long to do what's right. Let's stop being egotistical and let's just do what's right for the owners and the players and the fans."
Notes: Fans will notice something missing when they receive their season tickets in the next few days -- there are no dates or times on them. A Ravens spokesman explained that the team didn't know when the lockout would end, which means the dates could change. The Ravens' season opener is scheduled for Sept. 11 against Pittsburgh at M&T Bank Stadium, which is just 50 days away. ... Under newly agreed upon operational rules, there can be only 14 practices with pads during the regular season, 11 of them must be in the first 11 weeks and teams can hold no more than two padded practices a week. Also, there must be at least four consecutive days off during the bye week, including Saturday. ... Game-day rosters will expand from 45 to 46 active players. By doing so, the No.3 quarterback will no longer be an "emergency" inactive player. Last year, the Ravens carried just two quarterbacks (Joe Flacco and Marc Bulger). Under the old rule, the first- and second-string quarterbacks could not go back into the game if the No.3 quarterback played before the fourth quarter.
Baltimore Sun reporter Matt Vensel contributed to this article.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun