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Light seen at end of lockout tunnel?

Roger Goodell and Jerry Jones in an undated

Roger Goodell and Jerry Jones in an undated file photo. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Pack a bag!

That's the advice the NFL is giving its owners for next week's previously scheduled meeting in Chicago. The session is supposed to be held on Tuesday, but the league has suggested that the owners attending clear their schedules and be prepared to stay Tuesday night into Wednesday.

The thinking is that this is in anticipation of a possible vote on a proposal that would end the three-month-old lockout.

Meanwhile, representatives from the owners side and the players side are meetingtoday in the Washington DC area for a third week of "secret" talks. The difference with this round of disucssions, though, is that the two sides had previously met with only the deal-makers. Now they are bringing their agreement-writers.

A person with knowledge of the talks tells The Associated Press that the two sides are headed in the right direction and that lawyers for the owners and players "are back in the room" after being excluded from sessions the past two weeks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the meeting are not being made public.

Two other people familiar with the talks say a framework for a new collective bargaining agreement could be in place before the owners' meetings next Tuesday in Chicago.

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