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WR Bergeron to play in Arena League during lockout

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Troy Bergeron has signed to play with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League during the NFL lockout.

Bergeron, who was on the Cowboys' practice squad last season, played arena football before joining the NFL. He remains under contract with the Cowboys, but he's allowed to sign with other pro leagues since there is no current collective bargaining agreement.

Teams are not permitted to contact their players about anything during the lockout.

"We assumed there would be players that would join the AFL," AFL commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said in a statement. "We are not sure how big the influx will be."