The NFL’s owners will meet Tuesday night to determine whether they will expand their strike to include teams with smaller rosters, such as the Los Angeles Rams, the Atlanta Falcons and the Miami Dolphins.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league has been in discussions with the owners about expanding the current lockout.
The owners have been discussing expanding the lockout, McCarthy said.
NFL teams have already agreed to extend the current strike until Sept. 6.
With the strike ending, the NFL’s players union will have to go back to the negotiating table with owners for a new contract.
In the meantime, players have been able to play on Sundays and have their money transferred to their bank accounts, and they can still participate in other NFL activities, including the Super Bowl and other sporting events.
Players and coaches have been negotiating over the past several weeks.
The NFLPA is still seeking a contract that will give players more control over their wages, health care and pensions.
“We’ve been in this together, but I feel like we need to take it one step at a time,” Dolphins linebacker Anthony Steen said after the team’s Monday morning practice.
“This lockout has given us a little bit of time, but we need it to last a little longer.
So I think we need each other.”
The NFL is the NFL, so you can’t just walk away, Steen added.
“It’s not like we can walk away.
You know, if I’m going to walk away from the game, you can always come back.
So we need them to be ready for us when we come back.”
The strike affects about 5.6 million players in the NFL and their families, as well as all of the teams that play in the league.
Some teams have offered to pay their players the same wages as other NFL players, while others have offered smaller raises to players, such a 10 percent raise or 1 percent increase.
More than 2 million NFL players have not yet been paid.
After the current contract expired on Sept. 4, players and their union appealed the ruling to the National Labor Relations Board.
That board upheld the NLRB’s decision.
If the players’ appeal goes forward, the league is expected to begin negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement with players, including players that have been in the union for several years.