It would appear that the Green Bay Packers may be the only real sacrificial lamb when it comes to losing a game because of a call by a replacement official. The NFL and the NFL Referee Association have reportedly made enough progress in talks that the regular officials could return in time to work games this week.
ESPN‘s Chris Mortenson is reporting that an agreement in principle is at hand.
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 “about a little more money.
The news will certainly be met with jubilation by teams across the league, Green Bay included. Although the Packers still remain the one team that lost a game based on a poor call by replacement officials.