Thursday's NFL labor developments

BY foxsports • March 18, 2011

The NFL takes a hard stance on the player personal conduct policy Thursday as FOXSports.com keeps you up to date on the NFL's labor situation. (All times are Eastern.) | Wednesday's updates | Tuesday's updates | Monday's updates | March 13 updates | March 12 updates | March 11 updates | March 10 updates | March 9 updates | March 8 updates | March 7 updates | March 4 updates | March 3 updates

 

NFL: Players must follow conduct policy — 7:33 p.m.

 

Even during the current lockout, NFL players will be held accountable for their off-field behavior.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told FOXSports.com Thursday the league plans to enforce its personal conduct policy even with players prohibited from reporting to team headquarters. Enacted by the league in 2007, the policy subjects players to fines and possible suspension at the discretion of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Full story

 

NFL players reach deal for workouts — 5:28 p.m.

 

NFL players now have an official avenue to conduct workouts under professional trainers during the current work stoppage.

With players locked out from reporting to NFL teams, the NFL Players Association and Athletes' Performance have agreed to a deal that will allow for monitored group and/or individual sessions. This could prove especially helpful for players like quarterbacks and wide receivers who want to work on their timing in the passing game or position groups hoping to stay close during the work stoppage. Full story

 

Chargers LB doesn't like how drug suspension are handled — 5:18 p.m.

 

“If a guy has a drug problem, give him an alternative, don’t just say, ‘Hey, stop doing drugs. Stamp. Six games.’ … You put them in a drug program. OK, anybody can stick somebody in a nuthouse, but what else are you doing? What programs are you putting in place?” — Kevin Burnett, San Diego Chargers LB

 

Bucs to refund city of Tampa if season is lost — 5:02 p.m.

 

If the 2011 season is eliminated by the NFL lockout, the Tampa Bay Bucanneers would reimburse the Tampa Sports Authority, which owns and runs Raymond James Stadium, for ticket surcharge money lost, the St. Petersburg Times reported.

The county and city stand to lose up to $1.2 million total if the upcoming season is missed, said Sports Authority executive director Eric Hart. — Adam Caplan

 

Practice squad players go to AFL — 3:08 p.m.

 

Dallas Cowboys receiver Troy Bergeron and Cleveland Browns receiver Rod Windsor are going back to the Arena Football League during the NFL lockout.

Unable to work out at their NFL team's facilities, Bergeron this week signed with the AFL's Cleveland Gladiators and Windsor joined the Arizona Rattlers. Both NFL practice squad players are former AFL rookie of the year award winners.

Players were permitted to sign with another league after the NFL lockout began last weekend. Bergeron and Windsor are still under contract with their respective NFL teams, who still own their NFL rights. — Associated Press

 

NFL wants TV contract info to stay sealed — 2:47 p.m.

 

The NFL asked a federal judge Wednesday to deny the players' union bid to release details in a $4 billion TV revenue dispute, saying information should be kept confidential because it is commercially sensitive.

Two weeks ago, U.S. District Court Judge David Doty ruled — rejecting a special master's previous decision — that the NFL illegally secured the money from TV contracts for 2011, money the players contend was arranged to fund a lockout. Full story

 

Cowboys: Jerry Jones story overblown — 1:24 p.m.

 

A recent article by SI.com made Jerry Jones appear like he played a significant role in getting the NFL players to move toward decertification.

According to the team he owns, that is not true. Full story



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