- Play a 15-game schedule except for San Diego, which is off this weekend and would play 16 games. The players would lose a week's pay, something that Mara said Upshaw had agreed to. Upshaw was not immediately available for comment.
- Play this week's game on the wild-card weekend, and cut the playoff wild-cards in each conference from three to one.
- Juggle bye weeks to finish a 16-game schedule and leave the playoffs the same. This seemed to be the least likely option.
With the Lions going through a quarterback transistion, and Anthony Wright possibly getting the call this weekend due to Quincy Carter's hand injury, the Cowboys will miss a serious chance to pick up their first win of the season.
Under the circumstances though, I think everyone in the country can identify with the NFL's decision on this one.