Player discipline rules may hold up the ratification of the new CBA.
While the NFL Players Association recommended approval of the new CBA, it hinges on the two sides negotiating a number of so-called minor issues before an official vote of the players takes place. One of those issues turned out to be not so minor. Steelers' player rep Ryan Clark said it has to do with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's power over disciplining players. Clark said the players want either an impartial committee involved, or to have specific language outlining penalties for personal conduct violations.
Linebacker Lamar Woodley said Steelers players were told the veterans who are not practicing may not be able to do so until Tuesday. Clark said while he does not think it will affect preseason games, he's not sure he wants to play a game with untested young players.