FOXBORO — In a meeting with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith on Thursday afternoon, the Patriots voted to decertify the union in case of a lockout.
The decertification process is a routine step in the process to prepare the union for collective bargaining, which is ongoing between the NFL and the NFLPA. Decertification would give the union a chance to sue under antitrust laws if there is a lockout. Without decertification, the union would have to wait six months to file a suit after the collective bargaining agreement expired.
Prior to their meeting with Smith — which included updates about the ongoing labor negotiations between the ownership and the players’ union — Patriots player rep Matt Light talked about Smith’s visit.
“I think it will be good,” Light said. “Anytime you have the leadership here and in place, they’re here to deliver a...
In the latest edition of the WEEI.com NBA Power Rankings, the Lakers remain in the top spot (despite coach Phil Jackson's recent proclamation that the team isn't as good as the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who won an NBA-record 72 games). However, the Celtics were passed for the second spot by the New Orleans Hornets, who are off to a perfect 7-0 start.
Celtics executive president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that the health of centers Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal had become something of a concern. Shaquille O'Neal has missed the last five games while recovering from a bruised right knee, while Jermaine O'Neal was sidelined in the second half of this week's contest against the Mavericks due to a left knee injury.
Shaq, Ainge said, is expected to return to the lineup against the Heat on Thursday. Jermaine O'Neal, on the other hand, is expected to remain sidelined. While Ainge did proclaim the health of the two centers a concern, he also said that it was not a complete surprise that the team is managing minutes at the position.
"I think that Jermaine and Shaq are a concern with their health," said Ainge. "I felt like with the four centers we have that we'd be able to make it through the year. I...
Kicker Jeff Reed returned to Steelers' practice on Thursday while DE Brett Keisel, TE Heath Miller and Chris Kemoeatu missed their second straight practice.
Steelers Injury Report for Wednesday:
Did Not Participate
S Will Allen (concussion/illness)
DE Brett Keisel (hamstring)
TE Heath Miller (knee)
G Chris Kemoeatu (knee/ankle)
DE Aaron Smith (triceps)
RB Mewelde Moore (concussion)
RB Isaac Redman (concussion)
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady returned to practice on Thursday but was limited due to a foot injury that kept the quarterback out of practice on Wednesday. Meanwhile, running back Fred Taylor was again limited in practice on Thursday after missing the last five games.
Patriots Injury Report for Thursday:
K Stephen Gostkowski (thigh) OUT
Did Not Participate
S Jarrad Page (calf)
DL Myron Pryor (back)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
DL Mike Wright (groin)
S Patrick Chung (knee)
RB Fred Taylor (toe)
RG Stephen Neal (shoulder)
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