Salary-cap grievances by Redskins, Cowboys dismissed
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The NFL scored a significant victory over Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who had filed a grievance against the league for salary-cap penalties imposed for the 2012 and '13 seasons.
Special master Stephen Burbank granted the motion to dismiss the grievance, siding with the league's contention that the teams violated terms of the collective-bargaining agreement by dumping millions of dollars in salaries into the uncapped 2010 season.
In a joint statement yesterday, the teams said they will respect the decision and drop any further legal action. "We pursued our salary-cap claim pursuant to the CBA and we respect and will abide by the arbitrator's decision to dismiss," the statement said.
Saints' bounty update
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters Tuesday that the league will eventually disclose more of its findings in an investigation of the Saints' alleged bounty program from 2009-11. But he said he will await the outcome of appeals filed by several players and coaches sanctioned by the commissioner. Only former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams (suspended indefinitely) hasn't filed an appeal.
Around the league
Owners approved several measures, including a rule that will require players to wear knee and thigh pads beginning with the 2013 season. The NFLPA indicated that it considers that rule a "change in workplace conditions" that requires agreement between the two sides . . . The owners also voted to move the trade deadline two weeks until after the eighth week of the season . . . Owners approved a rule that would allow teams to designate one player who could be placed on injured reserve but still return later in the season.