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By PFW staff

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank decided to let the NFL’s salary-cap penalties against the Cowboys and Redskins stand, league counsel Jeff Pash told reporters on Tuesday at the owners meetings in Atlanta.

The NFL penalized the Redskins $36 million and the Cowboys $10 million for overloading contracts in the uncapped year of 2010.

That money will be split evenly among 28 teams, but not the Saints and Raiders, who also overspent on contracts. The teams appealed to Burbank, who has jurisdiction over aspects of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The NFLPA had agreed to the salary-cap penalties, and the NFL sought to have the appeal dismissed.

The teams released the following joint statement: “We pursued our salary cap claim pursuant to the CBA and we respect and will abide by the arbitrator's decision to dismiss. We will continue to focus on our football teams and the 2012 season.”

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