Pro football players sought lawmakers' help Wednesday in preventing NFL owners from imposing a lockout after next season and said a league victory in a Supreme Court antitrust case could affect free agency and ticket prices.
"We want Congress to know that management is pushing us toward a lockout," said Kevin Mawae , the union president and one of about 30 current and former players who were on Capitol Hill.
Mawae said in an interview that he hopes Congress will exert its leverage over the league to help prevent a lockout, which players fear the owners plan to do following the 2010 season.
RAIDERS: Owner Al Davis has started interviewing potential assistants for next season even while he continues to mull the fate of coach Tom Cable .
ESPN.com reported the Raiders interviewed Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson about becoming the team's offensive coordinator. NFL.com reported the team interviewed recently fired New York Giants defensive line coach Mike Waufle .
JETS: Defensive end Shaun Ellis sat out practice because of a broken left hand, but he is expected to play Sunday in the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.
VIKINGS: Defensive end Ray Edwards is working hard to get his right knee healthy enough to play in the NFC championship game Sunday at New Orleans. Edwards was held out of practice.
SEAHAWKS: Pete Carroll is adding coaches to his staff, including a few coming with him from Southern California.
Carroll said that Jeremy Bates will come from Southern Cal to be the offensive coordinator. Ken Norton Jr. will also join Carroll in Seattle and coach linebackers.
PANTHERS: Running back Jonathan Stewart is undergoing surgery on his troublesome left foot.
DOLPHINS: Beginning this week, the team's home stadium is Sun Life Stadium.
PRO BOWL: Tom Brady has pulled out of the game after a season in which he played with rib and finger injuries. He has been replaced by Matt Schaub.
- San Francisco running back Frank Gore has been added to the NFC squad, replacing injured Rams back Steven Jackson .