Found September 26, 2012 on Kissing Suzy Kolber:
Just because this week has supplied the utmost urgency for a deal to be completed between the referees’ union and the NFL doesn’t actually mean it’s going to get down. At least not before a hasty reporter gets a chance to get everyone’s hopes up before an actual deal gets hashed out. And there’s no better NFL reporter out there willing to jump the gun on a story, or just be plain wrong, like Chris Mortensen. This morning, Mort let out the exclusive nugget that a deal has been more or less been reached and that the refs could be back this week. Lots of people rejoiced to have the real, slightly less awful refs back. Others had very guarded optimism because, again, it’s Mort. As @mortreport is reporting, an agreement between NFL and NFLRA is at hand and both sides will work to have officials working this weekend. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 26, 2012 Well, it took about half an hour, but an another, most trustworthy, reporter has already let us know that the sides are...

Adam Schefter tweets a deal is at hand to have refs back for week 4 of NFL season

@Adam Schefter tweeted "As @mortreport is reporting, an agreement between NFL and NFLRA is at hand and both sides will work to have officials working this weekend."Looks like we'll have a deal shortly. Stay tuned

NFL and NFLRA close to Agreement

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that the NFL and the Refrees Union are close to a deal that will end the labor dispute between the two parties. Mortensen writes: “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...

Report: NFL referee lockout to end

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the lockout of NFL referees could be coming to a close.  An agreement in principle has been reached, and the locked out officials could return this week.  Per Mortensen, the two sides have reached a compromise on pension plans as well as a “taxi squad” of additional officials. Here [...]

Mathew Stafford dealing with a hip injury

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Detroit Lions quarterback Mathew Stafford is dealing with a hip injury and there’s a good chance that he doesn’t practice much this week, but still plays on Sunday. “I would be surprised if he practiced Wednesday or Thursday, but ultimately, when the game rolls around, he’s a tough guy to count out. The injury looks to be more of a hip...

Greg Jennings expected to play tonight

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings is expected to play in tonight’s game against the Seattle Seahawks even though he’s been dealing with a groin injury. Even though the Packers have a lot of depth at the receiver position, the impact of a player like Jennings can’t be underestimated.

Replacement Officials on the Way Out?

Enough was truly enough for the NFL when it came to another week of replacement officials calling games. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the NFL and NFL referees association have an agreement “at hand” that could end the lockout of the league’s referees and have them officiating Week 4 games. Mortensen said “the two groups made enough progress in negotiations Tuesday...

Broncos' Joe Mays will appeal suspension

Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays is appealing his one game suspension given by the NFL for his hit on Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, according toAdam Schefter. Mays was fined $50,000 by the league and given a one game suspension for the hit. Mays was asked after the game if he expected to be fined for the hit, he said: "Oh yeah. I'm expecting that. But it was...

NFL and Real Referees Agree to deal in "principle"

The days of replacement referees will soon end, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Report: Lockout Of NFL Officials Almost Over

Chris Mortenson and Adam Schefter of ESPN are reporting that the NFL and the NFL Referee's Association are close to finishing a deal that would bring an end to the officials being locked out as soon as this weekend. Controversy stemming from the ending of the Monday night game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, coupled with threats from the governemt getting...

NFL and Referees Reportedly Have an Agreement in Principle

The four hour games, blown calls, constant fighting, and coaches berating replacement officials may have come to an end as the NFL and referees have reached an agreement in principle according to ESPNs Chris Mortensen.  Though the final details are still being hammered out between the referees and the desperate NFL.  The scrutiny over the officiating has reached unprecedented heights...

Deal With NFL Officials Reportedly Could be In Place This Week

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...

Kellen Winslow is now a free agent after requesting to be released

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been released by the New England Patriots after asking them to do so. Schefter also said that word is that Aaron Hernandez is healing quicker than expected. I would love to know why Winslow asked to be released, it seems like he was lucky to be playing for a team right now.  Maybe he plans on retiring with all...

(Hopefully) Last Day Of Replacement Officials Talk

Chris Mortensen is reporting at this hour that the is an agreement is “in hand” between the NFL and the officials and that the regular refs could be back on the field this weekend. Patriot defense didn’t look revamped in first test – Greg Bedard’s film study reveals among other things, that Devin McCourty actually played his best game in some time. (Wait, D&C told...

Darrius Heyward-Bey released from the hospital

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has been released from the hospital and is recovering from a concussion and neck injury.  He’s expected to fully recover. I’m pretty sure you can guarantee that Heyward-Bey won’t be healthy in time for this week’s game.  He’ll probably at least be out for a few weeks.  The Raiders...

Looks like the replacement referee nightmare is close to being over

If any game would’ve been the tipping point in this the referee debacle, Monday Night’s game had to be that game. And it seems that because of that game, the NFL and the NFLRA are finally close to a deal. A deal that could have the regular referees on the field as soon as this weekend. Here are the details from Chris Mortensen of ESPN: The NFL and the NFL Referees Association...
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