ATLANTA (AP) - An arbitrator has upheld the NFL's salary cap reductions on the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins for this season and next.
The Redskins lost $36 million over two years, and the Cowboys lost $10 million for overloading contracts during the uncapped 2010 season despite league warnings about such maneuvering.
Also, the NFL is making thigh and knee pads mandatory equipment for the 2013 season, a move the players' union was not pleased with since it had no input in the decision.
Atlanta Falcons president and competition committee chairman Rich McKay said at the owners meeting today that the league can make the decision unilaterally because it is a playing rule. However, a statement from the NFLPA said any change in working conditions is a collectively bargained issue.
Browns linebacker Scott Fujita says he didn't take part in the Saints bounty program when he was with New Orleans. In his first public comments since the bounty scandal broke, Fujita says he intent on clearing his name and protecting his image. Fujita was handed a three-game suspension by the NFL for his alleged involvement in the pay-for-hits scheme.
And Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson is the latest former player to sue the National Football League and seek compensation for head injuries. Dickerson is the lead plaintiff among 15 men named in the suit filed Monday in federal court in Houston.
More than 1,000 former NFL players are suing the league, saying not enough was done to inform them about concussion dangers and not enough is done to take care of them today. The league has said any allegation it intentionally misled players is meritless.