League points out NFLPA proposal was no bargain

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League points out NFLPA proposal was no bargain

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

We told you last week that the NFLPA's proposal to accept a 50-50 split of all revenues was no proposal at all. It was basically a request for the status quo. Now, after a week of the players being able to claim high ground because the owners walked away from that proposal, the league is trying to clarify. On the league's labor-related website NFLLabor.com, spokesman Greg Aiello (via PFT) stated, "Any interpretation that this was a new proposal and a move toward the clubs is not accurate. This was an offer to keep things where they are, to simply extend the status quo. It is consistent with what the Union has been saying for two years just keep the current deal in place. As Kevin Mawae has acknowledged, the players got a great deal in 2006."There's that hammer the NFL is going to keep using - NFLPA president Mawae acknowledging the players killed the owners in 2006. The CBA defines what total revenue is in detail and gives the Union roughly 60 percent of that amount. The Union has created a new measure of revenue, which it calls All Revenue, and says that the players get 50 percent of that, Aiello said. Saying they want 50 percent of this new revenue base, is the same as saying they want 60 percent of the existing revenue base. It is a status-quo deal. That is exactly where we are today, and we have been clear that is unacceptable. This reported offer by the Union last week is just one more offer to just kick the can down the road, as Jeff Pash says, and keep things where they are. There was no change in the Unions position or movement off of their earlier proposals.So, like we told you last week, the NFLPA didn't bend over backwards. They didn't bend at all. And the owners spent a week getting their nose rubbed in the notion they took their ball and went home over a magnanimous offer from the PA.

Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

QUESTIONABLE
TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

NOT LISTED
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)