NFLRA Communicating Final Details with NFL, Refs Could Be Back Tomorrow

Old AccountSenior Writer ISeptember 26, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers on a controversial call by the officials at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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After the infamous call in the Monday Night Football thriller between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers, the question was when the regular referees would return to officiating games. Fortunately, there is a good chance of a normal crew refereeing Thursday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns.

According to 101 ESPN NFL Insider Tony Softli, final details are being communicated between the NFLRA and the NFL office. A deal could be signed as early as tomorrow, allowing the normal refs to begin working immediately.

What this all means: In the end, it's no surprise to see both sides pick up the negotiations after the debacle on Monday night. Even though the NFL appeared as having no intention to change its stance on the lockout, it was ready to make major progress behind closed doors and avoid any more drama moving forward.

Although it hasn't been finalized at this point, it is evident that both sides are trying to get a deal done, and it may only take a matter of hours until the deal is finalized. All updates on the situation will be given as this story develops.

UPDATE: Tara Sullivan of The Record says a deal has been completed, and the NFL is in the process of findings refs for Thursday's game. 

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