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Wilson dispute with Denver winding down

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Al Wilson's grievance against his former team, the Denver Broncos, is inching toward a conclusion. The post-hearing briefs in the grievance, which were heard in March, are due Tuesday.

An independent arbitrator will make a final decision within 45 days of receiving the briefs. Wilson, a former Pro Bowl linebacker and team captain for the Broncos, is using article XLIV of the CBA to claim the team failed to properly handle his neck injury in December 2006.

Wilson suffered a serious neck injury against Seattle on Dec. 3, 2006. He was removed from the field on a stretcher after being temporarily paralyzed and was hospitalized for several hours. Wilson came back and played in Denver's final three games.

However, three months later, Wilson failed a physical for the New York Giants, nixing a trade from Denver to New York. Wilson is seeking up to $7.5 million from Denver for lost wages for the 2007 season. Wilson, 31, remains unsure if he wants to resume his career.