posted on Jul, 13 2004 @ 01:47 PM
Cardinals quit offseason workouts early to resolve labor complaint
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals have ended their offseason workouts a week early after a group of players complained to the the union the
team had violated league rules by working the players too hard.
NFL Executive Vice President Harold Henderson and Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw said the team violated rules on the intensity
level and tempo of drills during voluntary workouts under new coach Dennis Green.
As a result, the Cardinals have forfeited the final week of their offseason program, which was scheduled to run through Friday. The team reports to
training camp in Flagstaff Aug. 1.
"We're very respectful of the (collective bargaining agreement) and are taking the appropriate measures to make sure this does not re-occur," said Rod
Graves, Cardinals vice president of football operations.
The Cardinals are the second team this year to give up voluntary workouts because of contract violations.
The New York Giants, who also have a new coach, Tom Coughlin, were told in May the team had to give up two days of their offseason program because of
violations on the length of workouts and the scheduling of classroom sessions.