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Cowboys, Redskins lose appeal on NFL salary-cap reduction

Posted Tuesday, May. 22, 2012

By Carlos Mendez

cmendez@star-telegram.com

The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins lost their appeal of a salary-cap penalty levied by the NFL.

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank on Tuesday issued a decision upholding the league's move to dock the Cowboys $10 million in cap space and the Redskins $36 million for overloading contracts in the uncapped season of 2010.

The teams said there was no rule against that, but the league said it warned all the teams against violating the spirit of the rule.

The arbitrator's ruling affirmed the request of the league to dismiss the claim.

Reporters were told of the decision in Atlanta by NFL executive vice president Jeffery Pash. The league is conducting owners meetings this week.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones had no comment.

The Cowboys and Redskins were allowed to split the hit over two years, and each team took half the penalty this year. Naturally, they were hopeful of getting the cap space returned in full for next off-season.

The Cowboys and Redskins issued this joint statement:

"We pursued our salary cap claim pursuant to the CBA, and we respect and will abide by the arbitrator's decision to dismiss. We will continue to focus on our football teams and the 2012 season."

Coale breaks foot

Rookie receiver Danny Coale will need surgery after fracturing his left foot on the first day of organized team activities at Valley Ranch, a source said.

The Cowboys hope he can return for the start of training camp in late July. Rookies and select veterans are scheduled to practice a few days before the team arrives in Oxnard, Calif., on July 28.

Coale, a fifth-round pick from Virginia Tech, was a candidate for the No. 3 receiver, along with Kevin Ogletree, Andre Holmes, Raymond Radway and Dwayne Harris.

He is the third draft pick out with an injury, and defensive end Tyrone Crawford, a third-round pick, was diagnosed with a heart murmur at the NFL Scouting Combine, though he will not miss any practice time.

Cornerback Morris Claiborne, a first-round pick, is rehabbing from left wrist surgery performed before the draft. Linebacker Kyle Wilber, a fourth-round pick, fractured his right index finger in the rookie minicamp and will not return until training camp.

Staff writer Charean Williams contributed to this story.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @calexmendez

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