- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 2, 2009

From combined dispatches

The NFL Players Association confirmed it is the target of a federal investigation into whether union leaders attempted to collude with NFL officials by holding a secret meeting to discuss labor talks.

NFLPA official George Atallah said Tuesday the union has been cooperating with the Department of Labor probe, which came to light in a lawsuit filed against the union last week by NFLPA employee Mary Moran. Moran says she was wrongfully removed from her job and placed on administrative leave with pay Aug. 3.

Moran says she provided investigators evidence that former NFLPA president Troy Vincent met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell supposedly to provide the league access to confidential union information.

BENGALS: Rookie right tackle Andre Smith broke his left foot during practice, only two days after he ended his holdout with Cincinnati.

GIANTS: An embarrassed Osi Umenyiora said he overreacted when he walked out of practice Monday - and he’s paying for it.

The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end acknowledged he had a minor tiff with his new defensive coordinator but said his decision to skip practice was probably the worst thing he has done in his NFL career.

JONES: Adam “Pacman” Jones is close to returning to pro football - in the Canadian Football League.

The Canadian Press and SI.com reported Jones would play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

PANTHERS: The two sons of owner Jerry Richardson resigned from high-ranking jobs in the organization, an unexpected shake-up in one of the NFL’s most stable and successful franchises.

Team president Mark Richardson and Bank of America Stadium head Jon Richardson announced their decisions in a written statement. They were expected eventually to take over the team from their 73-year-old father, whose role has been limited since a February heart transplant.

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