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Loss of Upshaw will delay labor negotiations

The NFLPA, reeling from the unexpected death of Gene Upshaw, will move slowly on finding a replacement for him and starting talks on a new labor contract, John Clayton writes.

Originally Published: August 21, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Aside from being a Hall of Fame offensive lineman for the Raiders and one of sports' greatest union leaders, Gene Upshaw was a tireless worker. Until he started feeling ill over the weekend, he was working on an NFL Players Association case last week, not knowing he was suffering from the pancreatic cancer that took his life Wednesday at the age of 63. His sudden passing leaves many questions for the NFLPA:

Q: What happens next?

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