Update 5:27 p.m. As we predicted, something went. The NFL Network's Jason La Canfora confirmed an earlier Associated Press report that players won't be voting on the new deal tonight, pushing in the timeline below back one day, at the least. This doesn't mean the deal is unraveling, says ESPN's Chris Mortensen, who notes on Twitter that the player representatives gave NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith a "'vote of confidence'" before departing Washington, and the final vote can be conducted on the phone. According to Mortensen, the delay stemmed from the union not having "the completed document with unresolved issues they are working on with owners" in-hand.
Original post Pro football's 127-day work stoppage is living on borrowed time. And while some folks (like the Green Bay Packers) have gone ahead and jumped the gun with stories breaking down the terms of the NFL's new labor deal, it's worth noting that nothing is in place as of Wednesday. There's still at least three days worth of t-crossing, i-dotting minutia for both sides to agree to. We don't need to tell you it could explode at any time, because that's what labor truces do. But what needs to happen over the next 36 hours to end the lockout is pretty clear. Again, this is assuming things haven't already combusted by the time you're reading this post.