Dallas Cowboys ready to discuss salary cap violation

GRAPEVINE -- Owner Jerry Jones said the Dallas Cowboys have been able to adjust and accomplish everything they wanted to in free agency despite being stripped of $10 million, which can be divided over the 2012 and 2013 seasons, by the NFL for violating the spirit of the salary cap in the uncapped season of 2010.

Jones said he feels the Cowboys did nothing wrong and will continue the fight to get some salary cap space for the future since this year is essentially lost.

The next phase of the appeal by the Cowboys and Washington Redskins, who were stripped of $36 million for the same violation, occurs today when they face a special arbitrator to determine if the grievance should proceed.

The NFL has filed a motion to dismiss the case, saying that it doesn't belong under the jurisdiction of Special Master Stephen Burbank because the NFL Players Association agreed to the sanctions. If the appeal is allowed to go forward, it will be heard at a different time so the case is far from coming to a resolution.

"We have an opportunity to present it to a mediator," Jones said Wednesday during the team's annual golf tournament at Cowboys Golf Club. "That will not resolve the issue."

The contract at issue for the Cowboys is the six-year, $54 million extension the team gave receiver Miles Austin that included an unprecedented $17 million base salary when it began in 2011.

The team thinks it has a good case largely because the NFL management council originally approved the contracts in 2010.

Wilber breaks finger

Outside linebacker Kyle Wilber is going to miss the three weeks of organized team activities (OTAs) while he recovers from a broken finger and could be out until training camp starts in July. The Cowboys hope he can be available for some of the mandatory minicamp in June.

Wilber, the Cowboys' fourth-round draft pick from Wake Forest, suffered the injury during the rookie minicamp last week at Valley Ranch. The fracture was repaired Tuesday.

The first of three OTA sessions begins May 22 and goes three days. The next one is scheduled for May 29-31, with the third to follow June 4-7.

A three-day mandatory minicamp is scheduled for June 12-14.

Training camp is expected to begin around July 25.

Crawford update

Jerry Jones said Wednesday that third-round pick Tyrone Crawford, a defensive end from Boise State, has a heart murmur.

"The heart murmur issue is one that I'm satisfied is OK for us," Jones said.

Jones did not indicate when the murmur was discovered.

A heart murmur is an extra or unusual sound heard during a heartbeat, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Most murmurs are harmless. Murmurs can also indicate a change in structure or damage in the heart, and require more examination.

Pins removed

First-round pick Morris Claiborne of LSU had the pins removed from his left wrist Wednesday, but he won't participate in the OTA sessions or the mandatory minicamp in June.

The Cowboys have planned all along for him to be ready for the start of training camp.

Carlos Mendez contributed to this report

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