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NFL NOTEBOOK; Union Files Grievance for QB Culpepper

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NFL NOTEBOOK; Union Files Grievance for QB Culpepper

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Quarterback Daunte Culpepper is getting help from the NFL Players Association in his quest to be released from the Miami Dolphins.

The NFLPA filed a grievance Tuesday on Culpepper's behalf, with hopes that the matter can be resolved within a week, said Richard Berthelsen, the union's general counsel.

"They're breaching his contract by refusing to employ him or letting him go someplace else," Berthelsen said.

The grievance is similar to one filed by the NFLPA last year against the Tennessee Titans after the team barred quarterback Steve McNair from working out at its facility. McNair was eventually traded to Baltimore for a fourth-round draft pick.

BIG BEN TIRED OF ACCIDENT TALK

While the Pittsburgh Steelers held a voluntary team workout Tuesday, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was remembering where he was a year ago to the day.

That was the day he crashed his motorcycle into the side of a car that failed to yield the right of way at a busy Pittsburgh intersection, causing an accident in which the helmet-less Roethlisberger lost considerable blood and was almost killed.

"This is the day last year that, uh, I almost lost my life. I had it marked on the calendar," Roethlisberger said.

He hopes the talk is fading about the much-debated accident.

RAIN INTERFERES WITH JAGUARS

The Jaguars were limited to weightlifting when their organized team activity was rained out.

It was the first time this offseason that the Jaguars, who don't have an indoor facility, were forced to cancel a practice because of bad weather.

Weather permitting, the Jaguars will wrap up their organized team activities with practices today and Thursday.

QUINN STAYING FOCUSED

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brady Quinn is too busy learning a new playbook and offensive system and getting familiar with his teammates to worry about the possibility of a holdout when training camp starts in July.

Quinn, talking after the morning practice of minicamp two-a-days, said he has yet to discuss contract negotiations with his agent, Tom Condon. …

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