Kessler still hasn’t returned to the building

It’s the third day of the week, and NFLPA outside counsel Jeffrey Kessler remains absent from the offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that Kessler is in D.C., advising the union by phone but not participating in the meetings.

We think that the union is keeping him in town so that the league will worry that, if progress isn’t made, Kessler could show up.  Breer believes there’s a chance the union has kept him away in the hopes of ensuring that, if the talks crater, the league won’t be able to blame it on Kessler.

Either way, he’s still not there.