NFL Replacement Officials: How Many Games Do the Rent-a-Refs Have Left?

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NFL Replacement Officials: How Many Games Do the Rent-a-Refs Have Left?
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Oh the agony.

One more week with these rent-a-refs will be one week too many; however, the replacements don't appear to be going anywhere just yet.

As ESPN's Adam Shefter Reports in this video, the locked-out officials could be back on the field by Week 5 at the earliest.

If nothing else, the temporary officials have brought a lot of clarity to how significant the regular refs are to this great game.

Regretfully, the NFL appears to be the last to acknowledge this.

Coaches and players have endured these amateur-hour whistle-blowers for long enough, and their gripes are finally being heard.

Let's take an introspective look into why the countdown is on for these temporary refs. 

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