Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is ready to get back to doing what he does best. He hopes today is the beginning of the end.
Witten will fly to Washington, D.C., this morning in anticipation of NFL player representatives getting to vote to recommend a settlement to the Brady plaintiffs. Lawyers were working Tuesday night to finish up the proposed deal.
Witten said several of his teammates also will attend the meeting.
"There are a lot of loose ends," Witten said. "As players, I'm proud of how we've handled it. We hung in there and kind of weathered the storm. We've put it behind us in time, so that no games are missed or anything like that. We're just hopeful everything will get resolved."
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Cowboys coaches returned to work Tuesday, ending their vacations a few days early in anticipation of the start of the 2011 season. Owners are scheduled to be in Atlanta on Thursday to vote on the new collective bargaining agreement.
Players could be back at their teams' training facilities as soon as Friday, ending the four-month lockout.
"We are champing at the bit [to get back to football]," Witten said.