Wednesday, September 26 2012 3:36 PM EDT2012-09-26 19:36:45 GMT
All the concern about whether the regular officials would be ready to go once a deal was struck with the NFL was put the rest on WednesdayMore >>
What a relief! All the concern about whether the regular officials would be ready to go once a deal was struck with the NFL was put the rest on Wednesday with news that Ed Hochuli was working behind the scenes.More >>
The NFL and its locked-out referees have "an agreement in principle", meaning the regular officials could return to the field as early as this week.
The report came out Wednesday through ESPN's Chris Mortensen, who said it would be unlikely the officials would be ready in time for Thursday's Browns-Ravens game.
Both sides appear to be giving concessions. According to ESPN:
"Both sides have made concessions on previous sticking points such as a
taxi squad of 21 new officials and pension plans that sources say the
final meaningful hurdle is, as one source said, 'about a little more