It was hoped that NFL owners and players wouldn't have to meet this coming week and could handle their remaining issues via phone calls, email and their respective legal teams.
That hope won't be fulfilled.
NFL Players Association executive committee members are scheduled to arrive in Washington on Monday afternoon and meet amongst themselves to review details of a potential labor deal. Then they will follow U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan's direction to meet with the owners, either Monday or Tuesday.
Boylan previously had ordered the parties to report his chambers in Minneapolis on Monday night and meet jointly Tuesday, but he could hold the meetings in New York or Washington.
Said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello: "The parties will be in touch with Judge Boylan to give him a report on developments in advance of next Tuesday's session and will consult with him on how to make the best use of the time before our league meeting on Thursday."