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Originally published Monday, September 13, 2010 at 8:25 PM

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AFL-CIO takes stand against league owners in labor fight | NFL

Players have a new teammate in their labor fight — the AFL-CIO, one of the nation's largest unions.

AP Sports Writer

Players have a new teammate in their labor fight — the AFL-CIO.

One of the nation's largest unions said Monday it had sent league owners a letter warning a lockout in one of America's "few thriving" industries could cost thousands of Americans their jobs and cities more than $140 million in revenue.

It also urged owners to release financial statements, something the NFL Players Association executive director, DeMaurice Smith, has sought for more than a year. The AFL-CIO called the owners' refusal to provide documents "troubling."


Randy Moss got support from some New England teammates a day after saying — minutes after the Patriots beat Cincinnati 38-24 — he doesn't feel appreciated.

Moss, in the final year of a three-year, $27 million contract, said it would be "a smack in my face" if the team waits until the season ends to negotiate.

Patriots running back Fred Taylor said, "You can't question a man's integrity when it's from his heart."

• Washington's 13-7 victory over rival Dallas got a 16.6 overnight rating, making it the top-rated Sunday night game since NBC took over the package in 2006.

• Philadelphia Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver, a former Seahawk, is done for the season after tearing a right-knee ligament in Sunday's 27-20 loss to Green Bay.

Weaver was placed on injured reserve and the Eagles signed fullback Owen Schmitt, who was released by the Seahawks last week.

Injury report
Name, position Team Injury Prognosis
Leonard Weaver, FB Eagles Knee Out for season
Jamaal Jackson, C Eagles Triceps Out for season
Justin Harrell, DE Packers Knee Out for season
Paul Posluszny, LB Bills Knee Out 3 weeks
Ryan Grant, RB Packers Ankle Out 1 week-plus
Kevin Kolb, QB Eagles Concussion Uncertain
Matthew Stafford, QB Lions Shoulder Uncertain

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