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Posted: Tuesday May 22, 2012 3:04PM ; Updated: Tuesday May 22, 2012 3:53PM

NFL wins salary-cap dispute with Cowboys, Redskins

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ATLANTA (AP) -- An arbitrator has upheld the salary cap reductions the NFL placed on the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins for this and next season.

Stephen Burbank ruled Tuesday in favor of the league and dismissed the grievances filed by both teams. The Redskins lost $36 million over two years, and the Cowboys $10 million for overloading contracts during the uncapped 2010 season despite league warnings against such maneuvering.

The Cowboys and Redskins, who filed their grievances against the league and players association, said in a joint statement they would "abide by the arbitrator's decision to dismiss."

"We will continue to focus on our football teams and the 2012 season," said the statement from the NFC rivals.

Before the grievance was filed on May 10, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the reduction forced the team to "go into the future and get some of those dollars that we wouldn't have had to do had we not had that adjustment. So that will just create a challenge for us in the future."

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