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Players, owners facing tight squeeze

A deal is needed soon to preserve preseason and reduce impact on free agency

Originally Published: July 11, 2011
By Sal Paolantonio | ESPN

NEW YORK -- Over the weekend, while the federal judge mediating the NFL labor impasse left the country for his summer vacation, and no new face-to-face negotiations with the principals were scheduled until Wednesday, players and coaches were poised to push the panic button.

"I think we all wanted to know what was taking so long," said one coach with an AFC East team. "This should have been done by now."

When the mediator, Judge Arthur J. Boylan, announced Saturday ...

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