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League wins salary cap fight with Redskins

ATLANTA (AP) An arbitrator upheld the NFL’s salary cap reductions on the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins for this season and next.

Stephen Burbank dwight howard jersey ruled Tuesday in favor of the league and dismissed the grievances by both teams. The Redskins lost $36 million over two years,nfl jerseys. The Cowboys lost paul pierce jersey $10 million for overloading contracts during the uncapped 2010 season despite league warnings about such maneuvering.

The Cowboys and Redskins,nba jerseys 975, who nfl jersey size chart filed their grievances against the league and players’ association, said in a joint statement they would “abide by the arbitrator’s wholesale nfl jerseys decision to dismiss.”

“We will continue to focus on our football teams and the 2012 season,” the NFC rivals said.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones compared the dynamics of the salary cap with using a credit card.

“The way you work around the salary cap is you kind of use the credit card to spend money that you won’t be spending in the future,” Jones said Tuesday at the owners meeting. “So it caused us to do more credit card spending in the future.”

Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said the team is “obviously disappointed.” Asked how losing another $18 million might inhibit the Redskins, he said: “We’ll see. We’ll have time to talk about it.”

League passes new pad rules for players

ATLANTA (AP) The NFL made thigh and knee pads mandatory equipment for the 2013 season, something the players’ union was not pleased with.

Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, chairman of the competition committee, said Tuesday at an owners meeting that because this is a playing rule, the league can apply it unilaterally.

“We have a vote of the membership and can implement,” McKay said. “Some of us felt we were remiss that we took it out of the rule book high school and college makes it mandatory and in our mind that is how it should be and will be in 2013.

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“We have some work to do with the union.”

McKay said the league will meet with NFL Players Association representatives on the issue, something they have discussed in the past.

But the NFLPA argued that the move should be negotiated.

“Any change in working conditions is a collectively bargained issue,” the union said in a statement. “While the NFL is focused on one element of health and safety today, the NFLPA believes that health and safety requires a comprehensive approach nfl jerseys cheap and commitment. We are engaged in and monitor many different issues, such as players’ access to medical records, prescription usage and the situation with professional football’s first responders,nfl jerseys, NFL referees.

“We always look forward to meeting with the NFL to discuss any and all matters related to player health and safety.”

The pads rule would not go into effect on the field until next year so equipment manufacturers can work on safety and comfort.

Commissioner Roger Goodell couldn’t see any negatives to adding the thigh and knee pads.

“We have raised the issue of mandatory pads for at least three years now,nfl jerseys,” he said. “I believe the technology has improved, the pads are far better than a decade ago, they allow better performance and are more protective. Every other level of football uses the pads.”

Former All Pro safety Troy Vincent, now an NFL vice president, explained why there could be pushback from the players.

“It’s psychological. Less pads you are faster, skinnier, that’s just the way I was introduced to the (pro) game,” he said. “It’s a culture shift. They will adjust.”

Goodell pointed out something a Nike executive told him recently: NBA players are wearing more pads from the hips down than NFL players.

“There is something wrong with that,” Goodell said.

Should a player not have the pads john wall jersey on when he enters a game, he will be sent off the field by a game official.

“It’s the same as if he ran on without a helmet,” McKay said. “It is a safety rule.”

Goodell said he expects evidence in the Saints bounties case would be made public after all the player appeals and grievances have been heard. Release of any documents also could be delayed by Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s tim duncan jersey authentic mlb jerseys defamation lawsuit against cheap authentic nfl jerseys Goodell after the commissioner suspended Vilma for the entire 2012 season.

The owners also voted to move the trading deadline from after Week 6 to after Week 8, and to nhl jerseys cheap allow one “marquee” player placed on injured reserve to return to practice after the sixth week of the schedule and to the lineup after the eighth week. That player must be on the 53 man roster after the final preseason cut.

Terrell Suggs, the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, could fall into that category. Suggs recently underwent surgery for a torn Achilles tendon. If the Ravens believe Suggs can make it back in midseason,nhl hockey jerseys 318, as the linebacker has predicted, they could use the IR special designation for him.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft likes the adjustment because he knows firsthand how devastating an injury to a star player can be.

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