Most of the 180 players on the field in Baltimore Thursday evening will be competing for a roster spot as the 49ers meet the Ravens in their first preseason game Thursday at 4:30 p.m. on KPIX 5.
The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 6-3 Wednesday night in a pre-season game that featured little offense, only a brief appearance by Eli Manning and no appearance by Tom Brady.
DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, told SI.com he wouldn’t rule out a players’ strike in support of locked out referees. John Madden told the KCBS morning crew that won’t happen.
The NFL is using substitute referees in pre-season games as the league’s labor dispute with officials continues. “It’s a big problem,” John Madden told the KCBS morning crew. “People want to say you know they’ll be okay and the other guys aren’t really that good so they can’t be much worse. I don’t believe any of that.”
Shannon Eastin will be the first woman to officiate an NFL game when she steps on the field as a line judge in Thursday night’s pre-season match-up between the Packers and the Chargers.
It’s week three of the NFL pre-season schedule, and the youngest players are running out of time to show what they can do.
The Oakland Raiders face the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL exhibition opener at the Coliseum Thursday night.