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The 49ers had hoped to have their grievance situation with Richard Dent resolved by Friday, but Dent has "protested league actions" and it is unclear when the club's salary cap picture will be clear, according to today's SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. 49ers VP Dwight Clark: "I thought this would be over by now. It's starting to make me a little nervous about whether we'll get the cap money back. If not, we've got to start making more adjustments." With no hearing scheduled and no arbitrator selected, the league is unclear as to if this is an injury or non-injury grievance. Grady Irvin, Dent's attorney and a former NFLPA counsel: "It's our contention his due-process rights were violated. If Richard loses an injury grievance, fine, but this is an injury grievance" (Clark Judge, S.J. MERCURY NEWS, 5/11). THE SHARPE CASE: In Milwaukee, Orlando Ledbetter analyzes Sterling Sharpe's lawsuit against the Packers, the NFL Management Council and the NFLPA. Ledbetter also notes the significance of the suit in terms of the Packers' salary cap. Packers CFO Mike Reinfeldt: "I think it's a little bit different now because of the potential of certain grievances to count against the cap. There is more motivation for clubs to settle. Some procedures are expedited. In my particular case it took two and a half years before it was finally resolved. I think that's wrong." James Gray, Assistant Dir of Marquette Univ.'s National Sports Law Institute: "It seems to me that the key to this dispute is whether or not this is an injury grievance or a non-injury grievance. Sharpe is alleging that the Green Bay Packers, the management council and the NFLPA did not follow the rules as contained in the [CBA]" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL, 5/10). Grady Irvin also represents Sharpe.