SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell apologized to football fans Thursday for having to use replacement officials during a lockout of regular referees, saying it was “painful for everybody.”
The referees’ union and the league agreed on a tentative deal that allows the regular officials to return to work in time for Thursday night’s game in Baltimore between the Ravens and the Cleveland Browns.READ MORE: San Jose Leaders Announce Plan To Cut Homelessness With Emergency Housing, Jobs
The sigh of relief will not erase three weeks of controversial calls, John Madden told the KCBS morning crew.
“As we get down to the end of the year, we’re going to have playoff implications,” he said.
“There’s going to be teams that get in by a game or get eliminated by a single game,” Madden said, reigniting debate about questionable calls by the replacement officials.READ MORE: Theranos Trial: Former Defense Secretary Mattis Takes Stand; Texts Between Holmes, Balwani Revealed
And don’t expect the 2012 football season to immediately go back to normal just having the regular officials on the field again, since the regular refs missed their own training camp and four pre-season games because of the lockout.
They may be in shape, Madden said, “but I don’t know that they’ll be in football shape.”
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