posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 01:56 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The NFL Players Association filed a special master proceeding against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday on behalf of quarterback Quincy
Carter, saying he was released by the team "for reasons not permitted by the current NFL collective bargaining agreement."
"You don't go from being a starting, playoff quarterback in this league to someone not good enough to make the 80-man roster the next summer," Richard
Berthelsen, the union's general counsel, said in a statement.
Under the special master provision in force, professor Stephen Burbank of the University of Pennsylvania Law School would hear the case. The union
said the first step would probably be the taking of depositions from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Bill Parcells.
Carter, who started all 16 regular season games plus their playoff contest for the Cowboys last season, was unexpectedly released by the team Aug. 4.
That leaves 40-year-old Vinny Testaverde as the team's only experienced quarterback.
The team did not give a reason for Carter's release, although there were reports that he had failed a drug test, something Parcells and Jones denied.
"We've made a decision to move in a different direction," Jones said when Carter was released. "We're not going to get in a lot of detail on the
The CBA does not permit teams to administer drug tests, although if Carter already was in the league's drug program by virtue of a previous positive
test, he could be tested by the league.
Union spokesman Carl Francis said he expects the case to take at least a few weeks.
[Edited on 16/8/04 by TRD]