It was seemingly inevitable.
After 48 regular season games under replacement referees, NFL officiating will be restored as early as Thursday after the NFL and NFLRA agreed to a new 8-year deal, according to the twitter feed of Tara Sullivan, Sports Reporter for The Record in NJ.
Further, Mike Freeman, NFL Insider for CBS tweets that regular refs have already heard of assignments for this weekends slate of games, though an official deal isn’t signed yet.
The deal in place has the refs starting tomorrow for Cleveland and Baltimore’s Thursday Night Football action.
We’d also see a full slate of regular officials work Sunday and Monday.
There were reports all day that talks were progressing, and by 10pm EST ESPN was reporting that it seemed as if a deal was near completion.
The deal comes on heels of a Monday Night Football debacle that saw refs award a game winning touchdown to the Seattle Seahawks, after it was clear that Green Bay defender ND Jennings had possession of the Hail Mary pass from Russell Wilson.