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WASHINGTON (AP) -  NFL union executive committee members Scott Fujita and Domonique Foxworth say concerns about injuries make the league’s push to switch to an 18-game regular season a major sticking point in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.

Speaking Tuesday on a media conference call arranged by the union, Cleveland linebacker Fujita called the NFL’s 18-game proposal “completely unacceptable” and “like a slap in the face.”

Baltimore cornerback Foxworth said the extra regular-season games “is just going to multiply the injuries and the ailments that we’re going to see after we go into our 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s.”

The current CBA expires in March. Asked if he thinks a lockout is inevitable, Fujita replied: “It certainly looks that way to me.”

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