NFL, union execs back with mediator

WASHINGTON (AP) — Use a 24-hour extension to get a longer reprieve.

That appeared to be the approach for the NFL and the players' union today.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several league executives arrived at the offices of federal mediator George Cohen in the morning, with the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire at midnight. Both groups agreed to a 24-hour extension Thursday, with another extension on the agenda.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and Kansas City Chiefs guard Brian Waters showed up about two hours later. Each side had been expected to meet separately with Cohen before any negotiations would be held.

"If we can make the kind of progress that you needed to make to have a further extension, that's where we'd be looking," NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash said before heading in to meet with Cohen. "Hopefully, we can make some progress and keep this thing going. That's obviously in everybody's interest. It's been our goal all along and we're going to just keep at it."

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