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Carl Johnson to step down

Updated: December 13, 2012, 12:09 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

NFL officiating chief Carl Johnson will head back to the field next year as the league's first full-time game official.

Johnson will leave his head-referee job after the Super Bowl in February, according to league sources at the owners meetings in Dallas.

Johnson, who has been the league's vice president of officiating since 2010, was a line judge for nine seasons before heading into the NFL offices.

Under the collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Referees Association ...

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