March 4, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The NFL and the players' union agreed Friday on a seven-day extension of the collective bargaining agreement.
It's the second such extension. The CBA was set to expire at the end of Thursday, but a 24-hour reprieve was granted. Now, the sides have until midnight of next Friday going into March 12 to work on a new deal. Talks will resume on Monday.
Federal mediator George Cohen announced the extension, which was approved on the NFL's side by its owners' labor committee. Then the union held a vote of its executive committee.
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith planned to speak to the media at union headquarters at 3 p.m. EST, the same time as NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash was expected to discuss Friday's developments two blocks away at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building.
If the CBA were to expire, it could mean the end of decades of labor peace for the nation's most popular pro sports league. The owners could lock out the players, and the union could decertify to try and prevent that through the courts -- something the NFLPA did in 1989.
SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers on Friday waived linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong to clear a roster spot.
The 49ers will activate defensive lineman Tank Carradine from injured reserve, coach Kyle Shanahan said. Carradine missed seven games after sustaining an ankle injury against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 21.
Armstrong started five games for the 49ers early in the season before losing his job. Reuben Foster returned to the starting line after missing time with ankle and ribs injuries. Veteran Brock Coyle has established himself as the starting middle linebacker.
Armstrong ranks second on the 49ers behind Jaquiski Tartt with 53 tackles on the season. He also leads the 49ers with two interceptions. Then-general manager Trent Baalke signed Armstrong to a two-year contract extension last December that included a $500,000 signing bonus.
The 49ers will have their largest group of healthy inactive players on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. However, right tackle Trent Brown is questionable after sustaining a shoulder injury late in Thursday's practice, Shanahan said.
49ERS INJURY REPORT
S Adrian Colbert (thumb)
T Trent Brown (shoulder)
RB Raheem Mostert (shoulder)
WR Trent Taylor (ribs)
DE Solomon Thomas (knee)
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