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DeMaurice Smith gets players ready for conference call

DeMaurice Smith

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, talks with the media after negotiations with the NFL involving a federal mediator broke down without an agreement Friday, March 11, 2011 in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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The NFLPA* will have a conference call with player reps Thursday afternoon. The big question is whether the players will just get updated on the state of labor negotiations or whether they will be taking a vote.

Albert Breer and Michael Lombardi of NFL Network report that reps have been notified about a call this afternoon.

(Perhaps they are getting addresses in order to send out those decertification papers by carrier pigeon.)

All indications remain that the owners will vote in some way or another Thursday.

UPDATE: Breer reports the call should take place at 8 p.m. ET.