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Updated 7:20 p.m. ET Friday

The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement on Friday afternoon saying that progress has been made and work will continue through the weekend.

Here is the 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."

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said that he will communicate with commissioner Roger Goodell during the weekend. The two sides are reportedly scheduled to meet face-to-face on Tuesday in Minneapolis with Judge Boylan.

According to multiple reports, an agreement in principle should be done by early next week. Judy Battista of The New York Times tweeted Friday night that settling the remaining litigation — the Brady antitrust suit and the TV contract case — is the last "significant" unresolved issue between the two sides.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Twitter Friday evening that the owners have abandoned their push for a right of first refusal on free agents, and teams will have 72 hours to re-sign their own players. 

Details emerged Friday afternoon about proposed changes to player safety as well as what may have led to the agreement on a rookie wage scale.

Click here to see the proposed salary cap and revenue split, as well as the issues that still lingered after Thursday night's breakthrough on the rookie wage scale.




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