Originally posted on Next Impulse Sports  |  Last updated 9/26/12

The rumor mill is churning, and it is in full motion this morning thanks to the possibility of the official refs and the NFL making a deal as early as this week.  Check out the below Tweets from NFL folks which point to very good news if their sources are correct.  An article on ESPN by Chris Mortensen states the following:

The NFL and the NFL Referees Association made enough progress in negotiations Tuesday night that the possibility of the locked-out officials returning in time to work this week’s games has been discussed, according to sources on both sides.

An agreement in principle is at hand, according to one source familiar to talks, although NFL owners have postured with a “no more compromise” stance.

Although league sources said it would take a week to get the locked-out officials on the field, the NFLRA says its 121 referees have been trained on the new rules implemented last season, have already passed physicals or are prepared to pass physicals immediately. New official game uniforms designed by Nike are “hardly an obstacle,” according to a source.

Both sides have made concessions on previous sticking points such as a taxi squad of 21 new officials and pension plans that sources say the final meaningful hurdle is, as one source said, “about a little more money.”

#bbpBox_250988047699681280 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0099B9; }#bbpBox_250988047699681280 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } As @mortreport is reporting, an agreement between NFL and NFLRA is at hand and both sides will work to have officials working this weekend. about 1 hour ago via WhoSayReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamSchefter Adam Schefter #bbpBox_250999311331123200 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_250999311331123200 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Deal between the NFL, locked-out referees "could be this week" but that isn't yet a certainty, a person familiar with the talks said. 37 minutes ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @MarkMaske MarkMaske #bbpBox_251001417815449600 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_251001417815449600 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Bottom line: so much progress has been made that it's a question of if real officials come back today or tomorrow. 28 minutes ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @realfreemancbs mike freeman

Stay tuned for more details as they happen here.

H/T Deadspin

 

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