As the NFL lockout nears an end, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports on his Twitter (@mattbarrows) that the San Francisco 49ers are telling their medical staff to get ready to begin examining players Sunday.

This is good news for fans who have been waiting to hear any NFL news since the lockout began on March 11.

Teams are preparing for a fast and furious free agency period which could span only a few days.

Reports state that the owners will ratify the new CBA on Thursday at the league meetings in Atlanta.