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The National Football League is considering the concept of creating its own referee development academy, a result of its current lockout of officials which could drastically change the way officials are identified, trained and ultimately hired in the future, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. This according to a league source.
As part of commissioner Roger Goodell's quest for innovation in all parts of the game, the league's officiating and football operations have been studying the progress of the measures enacted with the replacement refs, all of whom have far less high-level experience than their locked-out counterparts.
Through the process of training the replacements, the league has cultivated more ideas about how to train its officials and grow the pool of prospects, and the league is also intrigued by the prospect of a program to expedite the process of getting recently retired players more quickly into the ranks of NFL officials, the source said.
We are learning a lot during this process (of fielding replacement officials), the source said, and we have found that you can identify and train talented people who are passionate about this job, and do it in a more expedited fashion. It doesn't have to be the old way of taking 10-to-12 years of big-time college experience. We've realized through the process how to be more innovative in terms of training and development, and we're finding that the old way to do it is not necessarily the best way. Source: The Redzone
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Even though the Detroit Lions took a look at both Ryan Grant and Steve Slaton, but they won’t sign anyone right now, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
Lions worked out several RBs, Ryan Grant and Steve Slaton among them, but are not signing any at this point
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 18, 2012
The Lions get Mikel Leshoure back this week, which...
During the NFL's most recent offseason, the New York Giants reloaded their roster in preparation for another Super Bowl run and nearly every other team looked to rebuild in hopes of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at season's end. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints watched as their Super Bowl-caliber team was ripped apart in the name of player safety. The NFL's primary focus...
Replacement officials need to go.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Washington don’t expect wide receiver Pierre Garcon to play in tomorrow’s game against the Rams after suffering a foot injury in last week’s win over the Saints.
Redskins dont expect to have top WR Pierre Garcon Sun. Was unable to really even try to practice this week. Will workout pregame but…
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora...
In 2010, when Roger Goodell suspended Ben Roethlisberger, there were a few rumblings. In 2011, when the NFL owners locked out NFLPA members, there were a few more. Now that the league is in the midst of a labor dispute with the referee’s union, the rumblings have become a full-throated roar. The man we were [...]
The NFL and NFLPA have made no progress on the issue of HGH testing, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports citing multiple sources from both sides. The league and union have had difficulty agreeing to even the most tangential components of a potential agreement, and neither side has much confidence in a deal coming together this season.
The sides have exchanged letters...
Jason La Canfora of CBSsports is reporting that DeSean Jackson “has a good shot to play tomorrow” against the Ravens. Jackson has been limited this week with a hamstring injury.
The injury occurred at practice on Wednesday and has limited Jackson throughout the remainder of the week.
La Canfora also reports that fellow wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has been telling people that...
The Detroit Lions will be working out running back Steve Slaton this week but they will also be hosting another running back.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Lions will bring former Packer running back Ryan Grant in for a workout. Source: The Redzone Attached Thumbnails
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, there’s a good chance that Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring) will play in tomorrow’s game against the Ravens.
Jeremy Maclin has been reportedly telling people he’ll playing. He’s been dealing with a hip flexor that he suffered last week.
Sounds like DeSean Jackson has a good shot to play tomorrow and Jeremy Maclin...
We’ve been saying this since the pre-season, but after this weekend’s games (and particularly the Monday night junk show that we all witnessed), it’s become more than painfully obvious that the replacement officials charged with policing the multi-billion dollar NFL are in over their heads … and it’s having a very real affect on the quality of the product on the field....
Steven Jackson: Jackson was dealing with a hamstring issue Sunday which evidently contributed to him being sidelined after being penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for spiking the ball in the second quarter, CBS’s Jason La Canfora reports.
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According to Jason La Canfora, the Redskins don't expect to have wide receiver Pierre Garcon (foot) Sunday.Fantasy Spin:Garcon was unable to fully participate in practice this week due to his foot issue. Hopefully this doesn't linger all season because Garcon has a realistic shot to be this year's breakout receiver with Robert Griffin III throwing him the ball.
Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday about the Saints bounty scandal and Scott Fujita's meeting was postponed.
Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, is undergoing treatment for an injured left knee which he hurt during the preseason and couldn't come to New York, the NFLPA said.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the players left...
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma spent Monday
afternoon having a ''very frank, very truthful'' meeting with NFL
Commissioner Roger Goodell about his suspension that was
When Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earlier today, he had reason to walk into the discussion with a positive outlook, especially in light of the recent decision by the league’s appeals panel to overturn the suspensions levied against him and several other players for their roles in New Orleans’ bounty program.
That outlook may have been...