The NFL has canceled next month's owners meeting because of a lack of progress in labor talks with the players' association.
The NFL and its owners held meetings in May, July and earlier this month focused on a future collective bargaining agreement. The current labor contract runs through the 2008 season, though teams would lose the salary cap that limits payrolls if a new agreement isn't reached by the 2007 season.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Commissioner Paul Tagliabue notified teams earlier this week that the scheduled Sept. 14-15 meeting in Atlanta would be canceled because there hasn't been any progress in talks with the union.
"A league meeting at this juncture would have been premature," McCarthy said in a telephone interview.
Gene Upshaw, the executive director for the NFL Players Association, didn't immediately return a telephone message left at his office in Washington.
Tagliabue has said since February's Super Bowl that the league and the union are still far apart in labor talks, with the main obstacle being revenue-sharing. The union has said teams that make more money should contribute more to the pool that makes up player salaries. Those owners oppose the plan.
Tagliabue said at a news conference last week in Foxboro, Mass., that the union has made some demands that are "a stretch -- to put it mildly -- in terms of the current league economics."
* PACKERS: Running back Ahman Green traveled with the team to Tennessee for Green Bay's final preseason game after agreeing to undergo counseling and perform community service to avoid a trial on a domestic violence charge.
Green signed an agreement yesterday to "complete meaningful counseling" and perform 100 hours of community service. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the case in one year if conditions of the deal are met.
Had he been convicted, the Pro Bowler would have faced up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. He also faced potential sanctions from the NFL. The league penalizes players convicted of criminal actions, but the language is unclear about a case in which there is no admission of guilt or a conviction.
* COLTS: Linebacker Kendyll Pope was suspended for the season by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Pope, a second-year linebacker, cannot practice or play with the Colts until next August. The length of the suspension means Pope has tested positive for a banned substance at least three times.
The suspension begins immediately. Neither the Colts, who announced the suspension, nor the NFL said what substance Pope had tested positive for.
Indianapolis's coaches thought Pope was progressing well after missing most of last season with a hip flexor injury. He was slowed again during training camp by a shoulder injury. But coaches liked what they had seen from Pope in the offseason and preseason and had expected him to be a solid contributor.
* SEAHAWKS: Seattle signed former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Peter Warrick to a one-year, $1.4 million contract, agent Drew Rosenhaus said.
Warrick passed a physical and signed a deal that included a $900,000 base salary, a $500,000 signing bonus and the opportunity to earn $880,000 in incentives, Rosenhaus said.
* VIKINGS: Aaron Elling will miss tomorrow's preseason game because of a strained right hip, all but ending his chance to be the team's kicker.
Coach Mike Tice stopped short of declaring Paul Edinger the winner, but Edinger won't have any competition this week.
* JAGUARS: Jacksonville re-signed linebacker Jimmy McClain. The team waived McClain on Saturday, but brought him back after a series of other cuts this week.