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“We are not saying to take the physicality out of the game in any way, shape or form,” McKay said. “There are still lots of hits that are legal.”

Separately, the owners were “comprehensively” briefed on the labor situation, NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash said. Those briefings took up the entire afternoon.

But Pash reiterated that no contingency plans for a shortened season were discussed.

“Our contingency plan, first, last and ongoing,” he said, “is to negotiate an agreement with the players association. So any opening of training camps is based on a collectively bargained agreement.”

Colts owner Jim Irsay said something needs to be in place by July 4 to avoid jeopardizing the regular season. Irsay estimated a $1 billion loss in revenues if that doesn’t happen.

“If you miss those preseason games, or a game or two (of the regular schedule), or start late,” Irsay said, “you have lost significant money, in excess of $1 billion.”

The league also canceled next month’s rookie symposium, the first league event called off because of the lockout.

“We waited as long as we possibly could,” Birch said. “The rookie symposium is an extremely large, complex event that requires a lot of people from an attendance standpoint. Based on the uncertainty in the labor situation, it’s to the point we needed to be fair to those who would come to help us put it on.”

The symposium, which was to begin June 26 in Canton, Ohio, instructs rookies in money management and life skills and allows them to meet current and former players.

Teams and their draftees have not been allowed to communicate since the NFL gained a stay in court upholding the lockout. The league’s appeal of an injunction lifting it will be heard in U.S. District Court on June 3.

Birch also confirmed that using the World Anti-Doping Agency to administer the league’s drug policy is a possibility.

“From a procedural standpoint, we need to look at those options. That would be one option,” he said. “We are certainly looking into that to see what that means for us and to see what that does to advance the idea that the NFL remains the leader in this area. What that means, we’ll find out, but we are going to take a look at it.”