The NFL and its on-field referees union failed to reach an agreement when they met Saturday, and the league said it’s proceeding with replacement officials.
The NFL locked out the referees in early June, then hired replacements, whose work in exhibition games has been heavily criticized.
“We met with the NFL this morning and discussed various potential solutions to reach a new collective bargaining agreement,” Michael Arnold, lead negotiator for the NFL Referees Association, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we were unable to reach any agreement.
“We are disappointed because it means that our members will not be back on the field for Week 1 of the regular season due to the NFL’s continuing lockout. We remain willing to negotiate with the NFL in order to reach a fair agreement.”
JAGUARS: Coach Mike Mularkey is hearing rumors that holdout Maurice Jones-Drew will report soon, but says none of the talk is coming from anyone who matters.
On a conference call with reporters Saturday, Mularkey says he has “heard the same things like you have, but nothing from people that need to tell me. Nothing personally from Maurice.”
Jones-Drew wants to renegotiate his $31 million contract, which has two years remaining. The Jaguars insist they have plans to rework his deal.
Jones-Drew could show up in time for the opener, which would ensure he wouldn’t miss a paycheck.
Mularkey isn’t saying where he heard the rumors, but adds that “I hear things on the street just like you guys do. I can tell you it wasn’t on Twitter.”
• The team waived tight end Zach Miller injured and claimed former Eagles tight end Brett Brackett off waivers. They also signed former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson to the practice squad. Wilson was let go by the Atlanta Falcons.
BROWNS: Sidelined and hidden from public view for nearly a month, rookie running back Trent Richardson might play in Cleveland’s season opener.
Richardson, who underwent knee surgery Aug. 9, rode a stationary bike before Saturday’s practice and remained on the field with his teammates as they began preparing for next week’s game against Philadelphia. Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Richardson has been running – and even taking part in some contact drills– and that if he’s able to practice this week, he’ll face the Eagles.
“If he’s ready, he’ll play,” Shurmur said.
SEAHAWKS: In a surprising move, Seattle waived tight end Kellen Winslow.
Winslow didn’t have much impact during preseason games, but was thought to be a key element of Seattle’s offense.
TRADE: The Minnesota Vikings acquired cornerback A.J. Jefferson from the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional draft pick in 2013.