The president of the AFL-CIO is ready to play mediator in the NFL's labor dispute.
"I would like to invite you both to meet with me to discuss how an agreement might be reached," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith. "I believe such a meeting would be an immediate and important step toward saving football for the 2011 season and avoiding the significant job losses that will occur if owners lock out the players and cancel games."
The collective bargaining agreement expires in March, and Smith contends the owners are preparing to lock out the players before the start of next season. The two sides held their most recent bargaining session this week in Washington.
Neither league officials nor players association representatives responded immediately to e-mailed requests for comment regarding Trumka's letter.
It's not the first time the AFL-CIO has jumped into the matter. Two weeks ago, Trumka sent a letter to all 32 team owners, warning that a lockout could cost thousands of Americans their jobs and cities more than $140 million in revenue.
Mathis singled out. Colts defensive end Robert Mathis has been named September's AFC defensive player of the month. It's the second time he's won the award after being selected last November.
Mathis recorded four sacks in the Colts' first three games, giving him a share of the AFC lead and tying him for second in the NFL. His 11 tackles are tops among the Colts' defensive linemen.
Fisher to join an elite group. Titans coach Jeff Fisher will join some exclusive company Sunday when his team hosts the Broncos. It will be his 250th regular-season game with the franchise, making him just the eighth head coach to reach that mark with one team.
George Halas coached 497 games with Chicago, followed by Tom Landry (418), Don Shula (392), Chuck Noll (342), Curly Lambeau (334), Steve Owen (268) and Bud Grant (259).
Fisher is in his 16th season with the Titans, and has a record of 138-111.
Manning and Saturday. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and center Jeff Saturday will make history Sunday in Jacksonville.
The two are set to become the longest-running quarterback-center tandem in NFL history, with 158 career starts together. They are tied with Buffalo's Jim Kelly and Kent Hull for No. 1 all-time.
Verdict overturned. A Miami-Dade judge on Thursday tossed an $11 million damage award and ordered a new trial in a suit over a career-ending toe injury suffered in 1999 by former Miami Dolphins receiver O.J. McDuffie.
Lawyers for defendant Dr. John Uribe had argued that there were errors during the May trial in the use of a medical manual as evidence.
McDuffie's attorneys had said the manual was properly used. At trial, his lawyers contended that actions by Uribe ended the receiver's career.