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Anderson: Talks with referees remain at 'impasse'

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By Eric Edholm

GREEN BAY, Wisc. — NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson told Pro Football Weekly that there has been no update to the situation with the league’s locked-out referees and that no new negotiations are scheduled at this time.

“We’re at an impasse,” Anderson told PFW. “There’s nothing new to report.”

Anderson said he’s approaching the situation like he would a football coach with injured players.

“I am only worried about the ones we are playing with, the ones who are on the roster right now,” he said prior to Thursday’s Bears-Packers game at Lambeau Field.

Replacement referees worked the entire first week of the NFL season. Although there were mistakes and missed calls, the league has kept its regular referees locked out while the two sides argue over a new collective bargaining agreement.

The league has scheduled replacement crews to work through Week Five, according to reports. Anderson said he was happy with the performance of the replacements, although he acknowledged there was room for improvement.

“They’re getting better, week in and week out,” he said. “We still have a lot more work to do. We’re never satisfied.

“We had a solid start in Week One, and we’re hoping for a good continuation (in Week Two)."

 

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