NFL, players working to finish CBA

By BARRY WILNER | August 3, 2011 | 3:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL players and owners still are debating drug testing, benefits and the player conduct policy disciplinary process as they work to complete the collective bargaining agreement.

The NFL and the players union are discussing those issues Wednesday, with the league year scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday. That's when players who signed new contracts will be allowed to practice for the first time if the players approve the CBA.

Steelers safety Ryan Clark says the disciplinary process "with Roger Goodell having total control over the fine process, that's a deal-breaker for us in this situation."

Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie calls Thursday "a soft deadline" but says it's "looking very optimistic" that the CBA will be signed on time.