AP sources: NFL players, owners making progress

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft arrives at a Manhattan law firm Thursday, July 14, 2011 in New York. With time running short to keep the NFL's preseason completely intact, owners and player representatives are back in force, trying again to work out a new labor deal. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

July 14, 2011 6:54:42 PM PDT
Making significant progress on one of the major sticking points in NFL labor talks, owners and players neared agreement Thursday on how to rein in the soaring salaries of high first-round draft picks, people familiar with the negotiations said.