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Friday, July 22, 2011
Keys to the game: Avoiding labor panic

By Mike Sando

The long-running labor dispute between the NFL and its players does not lend itself to definitive analysis in the moment. That's frustrating for fans, media and players accustomed to instant replays, hurry-up offenses and two-minute warnings.

Three things I'm keeping in mind as the process continues:
The NFLPA issued a statement Friday saying it wouldn't make additional comments Friday out of respect for the Kraft family following the death of Myra Kraft, wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. That statement aligns with the deliberate approach players have embraced. It doesn't justify panic.