NFL owners and players have been meeting again this week and, though that fact has been reported by nearly everyone in the NFL media, the two sides confirmed via a joint statement that they have been meeting this week.
"Discussions between NFL owners and players under the auspices of Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan took place again this week and will continue. At the request of Judge Boylan, both sides have agreed to maintain the confidentiality of the substance of the talks."
The confidentiality part of this has been going better than past meetings as we've really only heard that progress is being made but none of the specifics of what concessions each side is giving up.
On the league's side, Roger Goodell was in attendance as were owners Jerry Richardson, Clark Hunt, Robert Kraft, Dean Spanos and John Mara.
On the players' side, DeMaurice Smith was in attendance as were players Kevin Mawae, Domonique Foxworth, Tony Richardson, Jeff Saturday and Brian Waters.
And now we wait once again. Let's hope the talk of progress the last few weeks hasn't been a smokescreen and that there's a legitimate chance a deal can be signed in the next few weeks.