(WSCR)After all of the add attention the NFL has put in dangerous hits to the head and player safety, the league is still determined to push for additional games in the collective bargaining process with the players union. Two additional regular season games would only increase the wear and tear on players’ bodies and the risk of head injuries.

The head of the NFL’s negotiating team says it will be much easier to reach a new labor deal if it includes an 18-game regular season.

In an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday, NFL executive vice president of labor and chief counsel Jeff Pash also says the league is “focused on a full 2011 season” and the owners want to have an agreement with the players’ union “well before” the summer.

Pash believes the back-and-forth the sides already have had about an 18-game regular season demonstrates they are aware of that subject’s importance to the talks. He says the NFL and union “exchanged detailed proposals” and had “detailed discussions” on that topic and adds that he thinks they’ll “continue to do so.”

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