The news isn't bad, and it isn't great, but it sure is a tad encouraging. At around 5 p.m. EST, the NFL owners and players decided to extend the midnight deadline for the expiration of their current collective bargaining agreement
another 24 hours. So while the two sides have met most of the day, they have already planned to meet again tomorrow to try and hash out a deal in the 11th hour.
There isn't much else to report, but you can check out a few more details on Yahoo Sports, including the fact that in a possible lawsuit to avert a lockout, the players' union would name Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as plaintiffs -- heavy legal artillery indeed.
If any further comments or developments leak out from either side, I'll report them either later tonight or in the Friday morning notebook.