Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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NFL talks with its officials still stuck

NEW YORK — The NFL and its on-field referees union failed to reach an agreement when they met Saturday, and the league said it's proceeding with replacement officials.

The NFL locked out the referees in early June, then hired replacements, whose work in preseason games has been heavily criticized.

"We met with the NFL … and discussed various potential solutions to reach a new collective bargaining agreement," Michael Arnold, lead negotiator for the NFL Referees Association, said in a statement. "Unfortunately, we were unable to reach any agreement.

"We are disappointed because it means that our members will not be back on the field for Week 1 of the regular season due to the NFL's continuing lockout. We remain willing to negotiate with the NFL in order to reach a fair agreement."

Commissioner Roger Goodell was among the league officials involved in Saturday's session.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said no further talks were scheduled and that, "We are proceeding with the replacement officials."

TRADE: The Vikings acquired cornerback A.J. Jefferson from the Cardinals for a conditional draft pick in 2013. … The Patriots got wide receiver Greg Salas from the Rams for an undisclosed draft pick.

BILLS: The team is left with just four receivers after waiving five Friday. But coach Chan Gailey said: "You've been around (general manager) Buddy (Nix) and I long enough to know that nothing's ever set."

BROWNS: After being sidelined for nearly a month, rookie running back Trent Richardson, the No. 3 overall draft pick, might play in the opener. Richardson had knee surgery Aug. 9. Coach Pat Shurmur said Richardson has been running and taking part in some contact drills.

COLTS: The team claimed safety Sergio Brown, offensive tackle Mike Person and nose tackle Martin Tevaseu off waivers and waived safety Jermale Hines, cornerback D.J. Johnson and offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe.

COWBOYS: Veteran tight end Jason Witten was on the practice field in pads for the first time since lacerating his spleen on a hard hit Aug. 13 at Oakland. It's still not known if he'll be cleared for Wednesday's opener at the Giants. Also, quarterback Stephen McGee was released.

DOLPHINS: The team claimed receiver Anthony Armstrong, who had 44 catches for the Redskins in 2010, safety Troy Nolan, cornerback R.J. Stanford and linebacker Sammy Brown off of waivers. Linebackers Jonathan Freeny and Josh Kaddu were waived and the team terminated the contracts of safety Tyrone Culver and former Texans running back Steve Slaton.

49ERS: Teammates chose quarterback Alex Smith as one of the captains. In 2010 he was named captain by then-coach Mike Singletary but was soon benched.

GIANTS: Offensive tackle D.J. Jones was claimed on waivers from the Eagles and third-year guard Mitch Petrus was waived.

JAGUARS: Tight end Zach Miller was waived and former Eagles tight end Brett Brackett was claimed off waivers.

PATRIOTS: Six-year veteran linebacker Bobby Carpenter was waived and offensive lineman Matt Tennant was claimed off waivers from the Saints.

RAIDERS: The team claimed defensive back Phillip Adams, linebacker Keenan Clayton and tackle Willie Smith off waivers and waived cornerbacks Chimdi Chekwa and Bryan McCann, and waived/injured defensive tackle Jamie Cumbie.

SAINTS: The team claimed safety Rafael Bush off waivers from the Broncos and waived safety Jonathon Amaya.

SEAHAWKS: Tight end Evan Moore, who spent the past three seasons with the Browns, was claimed off of waivers.

STEELERS: CBS reported that the team re-started negotiations with wide receiver Mike Wallace, who ended his holdout last week, but that a long-term deal was unlikely for now.

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