New Developments Could Keep Some Steelers Off Practice Field

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Some Steelers’ veterans who were supposed to hit the practice field today at training camp in Latrobe may still be on the sidelines.

The common perception was that the lockout was over, all was well with the NFL labor negotiations and the only thing remaining was for the players to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement thus beginning the new NFL league year.

When that happens, newly-signed free agents will be able to practice. It was supposed to happen Wednesday and Thursday.

However, at training camp on Wednesday, Ryan Clark and Charlie Batch – two officers in the players’ union – said that there is still more they want from the owners.

Clark says he wants NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to have less say in how players are fined and punished.

“How often did you hear Paul Tagliabue’s name throughout the season, hardly ever, other than it being on the ball. I think he’s decided to make himself a major part of this game,” said Clark. “You know, I don’t know if he had some type of high school dream or Pop Warner dreams of being an NFL football player, but he’s made himself the NFL. He is the most popular, or infamous, commissioner in sports right now.”

Meanwhile, Goodell said Wednesday night that Steeler James Harrison will not be punished, fined or suspended for the comments he made in an interview with Men’s Journal Magazine this summer.

Also, Goodell said at Carolina Panthers training camp on Wednesday that he does not plan to give up any authority when it comes to doling out punishments for players.

Despite the developments, preseason and regular season games are expected to go on as scheduled.

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  • Jim

    Ryan Clark should direct his comments to Steeler Management and not to the media. After all, Mr. Rooney sign’s his pay check and Mr. Rooney along with the 31 other league owners voted to place Goodell in his role as commissioner. Therefore, if Ryan Clark has a beef it should be through his management, and if he doesn’t like the way the current situation is he can always leave the NFL and go on to his life’s work elsewhere! There are plenty of rookie college players out there that would love his job and make his easy money!

    • Bob

      The nature of his comments are entirely centered around disputes that they have with the owners. As a union representative, this is, unfortunately, his duty.

  • Jimc5499

    Goodell can afford to be generous when it comes to Harrison’s comments. At the time Harrison made them, his contract was void because of the lockout and the dissolving of the Player’s union. The same thing can be said about Ward’s DUI.

  • Kunta Fossett

    Ryan Clark and the players position isn’t against the owners. Did you not read the article? The issue they have with Roger Goodell is, “Clark says he wants NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to have less say in how players are fined and punished.” The owners voted him in, but they don’t have the direct power to tell the commissioner to change the way he deals with fines and punishments. There isn’t a committee in the NFL that deals with these issues. Therefore, the owners would have to change a charter limiting the commissioners powers for these affairs. Obviously, that would be time consuming, the players want action now. Ryan Clark and the rest of the players in the NFL have a vested interests in how the leauge operates. It’s NOT a standard employee-employer relationship. Those who say he could quit and do something else are wrong. Again, the NFL isn’t a standard employee-emploer relationship.

  • shameonya

    Clark and a reporter almost go at it in the locker room and the only camera in the room is KDKA’s , where is the news story, where is the video? Put away so KD can keep broadcasting preseason fake football games!!!!! Cowards

  • MrB

    Amen, shamonya! Where is the story??? To be fair to kdka, Bendel works for clearchannel, which now owns espn 970, None of the stations, 102.5 fm, 970 am, or 105.9 make any mention of the story on their websites, and none of the 3 have it avaiable on-demand. For shame! They are all beholden to the Steelers & won’t DARE air anything that would ebarrass the organization. They left their journalistic integrity at the St Vincent front gate.

  • Anonymous

    This is the most stupid comment ever posted. Unacceptable from Anonymous. coward

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