It’s official: They’re back

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It’s official: They’re back

NFL, NFLRA bury the hatchet and the lockout
Bill Wippert/Associated Press file photo



While the replacement officials walk away, the professionals will take the field tonight for Thursday Night Football. The NFL and the NFLRA reached an agreement to end their lockout at midnight Wednesday. “Those guys might mess up every now and then, but we can live with that happening with professional guys out there,” Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said.
No longer, at least, will critics say the officials on the field aren’t used to the speed of the game. Thursday’s matchup between the Browns and Ravens in Baltimore was worked by a seven-man crew led by referee Gene Steratore, a 10-year NFL veteran. One fan held up a sign that read: “Finally! We get to yell at real refs! Welcome back!”
Gail Burton/Associated Press file photo



Head linesman Wayne Mackie tips his cap as he walks onto the field before an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns on Thursday night in Baltimore.

It’s official: They’re back

Bill Wippert/Associated Press file photo



While the replacement officials walk away, the professionals will take the field tonight for Thursday Night Football. The NFL and the NFLRA reached an agreement to end their lockout at midnight Wednesday. “Those guys might mess up every now and then, but we can live with that happening with professional guys out there,” Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said.
No longer, at least, will critics say the officials on the field aren’t used to the speed of the game. Thursday’s matchup between the Browns and Ravens in Baltimore was worked by a seven-man crew led by referee Gene Steratore, a 10-year NFL veteran. One fan held up a sign that read: “Finally! We get to yell at real refs! Welcome back!”
Gail Burton/Associated Press file photo



Head linesman Wayne Mackie tips his cap as he walks onto the field before an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns on Thursday night in Baltimore.
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