The NFL is expected to announce Tuesday that it will begin formal negotiations with a group of players’ representatives, who have complained that the league’s current rules make it impossible for them to be on the field together at the same time, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
The source said that the group is expected on Tuesday to announce that they will seek to overturn the NFL’s current policy of allowing players to practice and compete together without having to pay for the privilege.
The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are confidential, said that this was a proposal from the group that would have the players pay for their participation, but would not be a requirement to do so.
The league is also expected to make changes to how it treats players who are suspended, which it has refused to do.
The group of NFL players, led by San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore, is one of several that have filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to overturn what they say is a “culture of violence” in the league.
The lawsuit has also called for an overhaul of the way the NFL handles concussions and other medical issues, as well as an overhaul in how it deals with players who file grievance claims against the league and its owners.
The NFL’s chief medical officer, Dr. William Coughlin, was among those who publicly called for a more holistic approach to concussions at the beginning of the season.
Coughlins comments were in response to a request for comments from USA TODAY Sports.
“We want to make sure that there is no concussion on the sidelines,” he said in October, according the league website.
“And if there is a concussion, it needs to be reported to the doctor immediately.
That’s the whole point of the [medical] protocol, to take immediate action.”
But the league has been more selective in its handling of concussions than other sports leagues.
In March, the NFL suspended quarterback Colin Kaepernick for the first four games of the regular season for refusing to stand during the national anthem before a preseason game.
The following month, the league suspended linebacker NaVorro Bowman for a game and fined him $50,000 for his role in a racial incident.
In June, the owners of the Cleveland Browns said they were considering a $1.1 million fine for running into an opposing player and punching him during a preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Last week, the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints said they would be reducing their fines to $150,000 each for hits and hits to the head.