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Domonique Foxworth, a member of the NFLPA's executive committee for four years, said Saturday the "former" union members are ready to begin settlement negotiations with NFL owners as soon as possible.

Speaking from Marco Island in Florida, where the player reps from the decertified NFL union are meeting this weekend, Foxworth also said he doesn't see the players re-forming a union any time in the foreseeable future.

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When the NFLPA decertified a week ago, it set in motion a chain of events that will be played out in federal court in Minneapolis. A day after the union decertified and became a trade association – unable to bargain collectively – the owners locked them out.

Players then sought a preliminary injunction to lift the lockout and return everything to normal. Nine players, including Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, are filing a class-action antitrust suit against the league. The injunction request will be heard on April 6.

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In the meantime, the players have decided to answer some of the criticisms leveled at them by the owners in the league's public relations strategy. While commissioner Roger Goodell and some owners have said they hope the union will return to the negotiating table, Foxworth said no talks about a settlement have been held.

"But we've expressed that we're ready to begin talks as soon as they're ready," he said.

Foxworth said decertification was necessary in the attempt to assure there will be football in 2011."I want to ensure fans we're doing everything we can possibly do so that football is played this season," he said. "Games will be played in August. All fans should unite and root for the injunction to be granted. If it's granted, then it will be business as usual in the NFL."

On a personal level, Foxworth said he wanted to get the injunction to "keep the NFL from ruining our chance to win the Lombardi Trophy. I think we have the team that can do it."

By decertifying, the players also expose the league to antitrust violations. When it had collective bargaining and a player union, the NFL enjoyed antitrust exemptions.

Foxworth said he doesn't think the players will re-form as a union any time soon, even though he knows the league will request that in any court settlement.

"We're fine with decertifying, we're fine with never being a union again," he said. "That's our complete intention. Whenever we come to a settlement, they'll ask that we certify. [But] I don't know that that's what we want to do. It's in our best interests to be an association.

"I don't perceive any time in the future when we're going to be a union again."

The players are meeting in Florida for the first time as a trade association. Normally, the NFLPA would meet in Hawaii in March. This, Foxworth said, was a cost-cutting measure.

"We're working to educate guys about what's taken place, about the injunction process and how important it is to stay together," he said.

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