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Goodell, Smith Meet With Rookies in Florida
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Commissioner Roger Goodell and players' union chief DeMaurice Smith have talked to NFL rookies attending a symposium, and are flying back to Minneapolis together to resume negotiations in the four-month old labor dispute.

Goodell and Smith spent about an hour together with the 155 players Wednesday, took questions and then climbed into an SUV and headed to the airport.

Smith says both sides are "continuing to work hard" to end the lockout and reach agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Goodell calls it "a great opportunity to be able to sit with the rookies" because they "obviously have a lot of questions."

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