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Latest: NFLPA Exec. Committee to Vote on CBA Recommendation Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) -- 

Sunday marked day 131 of the NFL lockout and there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel.

The players association and owners reached an agreement on all the remaining points needed in the new labor deal. The players association executive committee will vote Monday in Washington, D.C. on whether to recommend passing the proposed collective bargaining agreement or not.

Every member of the committee is expected to vote in favor of the deal. Once that is done, a simple majority of all players must approve the agreement and players have never turned down a deal during CBA talks that their leaders have recommended.

Once the vote is approved, players could return to team facilities as early as Wednesday.

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The NFL lockout is one step closer to an end.

According to ESPN, the players association executive committee is expected to meet Monday to recommend passing the collective bargaining agreement proposed by the owners, as well as recertifying as a union.

After that, some players could report to team facilities as early as Wednesday to physically vote on the deal with hopes to recertify as early as Friday.

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NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae says his group's leadership is discussing the terms of "the most recent written proposal" from owners.

Mawae's statement was issued by the NFLPA on Friday -- a day after owners voted for a tentative deal, provided that players approve it, too, and re-establish their union.

He says the proposal being reviewed Friday includes a settlement agreement, economic terms and the process for turning the NFLPA back into a union.

He also says the NFLPA will not make further statements Friday.

NFL owners voted in favor of a tentative agreement to end the lockout on Thursday.

Thursday's ratification came after a full day of meetings at an Atlanta-area hotel, where team executives pored over the terms of the deal.

Players still have to sign off on the deal.  A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that players didn't vote Thursday because they had not seen the full proposal approved by owners.  Players held a conference call to discuss the proposal. That call ended without a vote.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the process is supposed to be secret.

Before the call began, NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith wrote in an email to the 32 team representatives: "There is no agreement between the NFL and the players at this time."

Players originally had been expected to vote Wednesday, but didn't because there were unresolved issues.

The four-month lockout is the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Hall of Fame game between St. Louis and Chicago has been canceled despite owners voting in favor of a tentative deal to end the lockout, pending player approval.

The Rams and Bears originally were scheduled to open their training camps this weekend and play in the Hall of Fame game to open the preseason schedule on Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio.

Goodell says Thursday that the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will go on as planned but says "the time is just too short" to have the teams prepare and play the game as scheduled.

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