NEW YORK – Eight players, including New England’s Albert Haynesworth, are subject to being suspended under the league’s conduct policy for incidents during the lockout.

A person with knowledge of the names confirmed to The Associated Press on Sunday that Haynesworth is joined on the list by Tennessee’s Kenny Britt, Tampa Bay’s Aqib Talib, Cincinnati’s Cedric Benson and Adam “Pacman” Jones, Arizona’s Clark Haggans, Brandon Underwood and Johnny Jolly, both formerly of Green Bay.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made regarding any of the players.

The NFL and the NFL Players Association previously agreed those eight could be disciplined, while 25 other players would not be. It’s been unclear whether the league can fine or suspend players for conduct during the lockout when there was no collective bargaining agreement. The NFLPA technically was not a union at that time, so its ability to agree to such measures is in question, too.

“We believe that no player should be subjected to discipline for incidents occurring during the lockout,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah told the AP on Sunday. “The NFL and the NFLPA signed a side letter to the CBA that resolved and absolved the overwhelming majority of players of conduct-related issues.

We retain all of our rights and ability to challenge any player discipline related to incidents occurring during the lockout.”


Benson is appealing any discipline and has a hearing this week. Earlier this month, Benson spent five days in a Texas jail mopping floors, completing his sentence for misdemeanor assault.

Haynesworth was indicted in April on misdemeanor sexual abuse for allegedly fondling the breast of his server in a hotel restaurant in Washington in February.

SAINTS: Steve Gleason may always be remembered most for his blocked punt on the night the Louisiana Superdome reopened for the first time after Hurricane Katrina — a play that stirred an already emotional crowd into a deafening, drink-spilling frenzy.

The retired New Orleans Saints folk hero only hopes he can continue to lift people’s spirits by the way he handles what until now has been a private struggle with ALS, a debilitating and ultimately fatal disease for which there currently is no cure. On Sunday, five years to the day after his memorable play became a symbol of a devastated community’s will to carry on, Gleason, 34, went public with his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“In a way, I see this as an opportunity to continue to be an inspiration, maybe even more so than I ever have been,” said Gleason, a 5-foot-11, former Washington State standout who forged an eight-year NFL career in New Orleans as a special teams leader and reserve safety.


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