NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The head of the NFL Players Association calls the league's lockout of its officials at the start of this season ``one of the most deliberate disregards of player safety that I think has occurred in the National Football League since our inception.''
And that's only one complaint that NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has delivered at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference.
Sending a clear message that the union and owners are far apart on several issues related to the health and safety of players, Smith raised three amendments the union wants added to the 10-year collective bargaining agreement signed in August 2011. Those include the appointment of ``a neutral chief safety officer who can hear appeals about acceptable levels of medical care.''

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