"We will continue to focus on our football teams and the 2012 season," the NFC rivals said.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones compared the dynamics of the salary cap with using a credit card.
"The way you work around the salary cap is you kind of use the credit card to spend money that you won't be spending in the future," Jones said Tuesday at the owners meeting. "So it caused us to do more credit card spending in the future."
Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said the team is "obviously disappointed." Asked how losing another $18 million might inhibit the Redskins, he said: "We'll see. We'll have time to talk about it."
* The NFL made thigh and knee pads mandatory equipment for the 2013 season, something the players' union was not pleased with. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, chairman of the competition committee, said Tuesday at the owners meeting that because this is a playing rule, the league can apply it unilaterally.
"We have a vote of the membership and can implement," McKay said. "Some of us felt we were remiss that we took it out of the rule book - high school and college makes it mandatory - and in our mind that is how it should be and will be in 2013. We have some work to do with the union."
The NFLPA argued that the move should be negotiated.
"Any change in working conditions is a collectively bargained issue," the union said in a statement. "We always look forward to meeting with the NFL to discuss any and all matters related to player health and safety."
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that a Nike executive told him recently: NBA players are wearing more pads from the hips down than NFL players. "There is something wrong with that," Goodell said.
* The NFL owners voted to move the trading deadline from after Week 6 to after Week 8, and to allow one "marquee" player placed on injured reserve to return to practice after the sixth week of the schedule and to the lineup after the eighth week. That player must be on the 53-man roster after the final preseason cut.
* Forced to fight for his name in a "public trial" against the NFL, Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita vowed he did not participate in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program. Fujita, suspended for three games by the league for allegedly contributing "a significant amount" of money to a pay-for-hits pool while he played for the Saints, maintained his innocence on Tuesday in his first public comments since the disturbing scandal broke.
"That is not true," he said.
The 10-year veteran has appealed the penalty.