NFL commits to replacement officials

Updated: August 9, 2012, 8:45 PM ET
By Adam Schefter | ESPN NFL Insider

With the two sides making little if any progress, the NFL is committed to replacement officials through at least the second week of the preseason, according to league sources.

Additionally, the costs of the replacement officials will come from the officials' union pool, meaning that with each week that passes the NFL plans to give that much less to the officials when their standoff is settled.

NFL replacement officials worked the preseason opener Sunday night between the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints in the Hall of Fame Game. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said he's comfortable with the idea of using replacement officials during the preseason.

Members of the NFL Referees Association were locked out June 3 after talks between the union and the league broke down.

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