Most of the Redskins were happy to learn that the NFL and referees association had come to an agreement to end the lockout of the officials who have come to be known as the real refs.Im excited to finally get our real refs back, said defensive end Stephen Bowen.How happy? He said that the next time he saw Ed Hochuli, one of the more well-known NFL field officials, Im going to bear hug him and tell him I love him.Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander also was glad they were back. They always say you dont miss something until you go without it, he said.Alexander serves as he teams player representative and he was particularly pleased about the about the impact that the return of the referees will have on player safety.Im glad they were able to get a deal done so we can go out here and play some clean games, he said.Defensive end Kedric Golston said that the two sides were under too much pressure not to settle in the wake of the highly controversial ending of the Packers-Seahawks game on Monday night.There was a lot of other people outside of the football world who were starting to catch a hold of it, said Golston. It was starting to take off with wings.Kory Lichtensteiger is happy to have some degree of consistency as to how the games are called. Very excited to have them back, the starting left guard said. We went into games with the replacements knowing to expect the unexpected with them. Calls were going to go every which they, it was going to be sporadic.Not all of the players were all that excited to see the referees return.I didnt really care on way or another, said center Will Montgomery. Im not worried about the refs, Im not going to change the way I play based on whos reffing.Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was nonplussed by the return as well. The sum total of his reaction was, Its a new group to yell at.In any case, the players were not inclined to give the officials a break while they work off any rust that may have accumulated in the eight or nine months that have passed since any of them officiated an NFL game.Theyre professionals, said Alexander. If I miss a week because of injury I dont get a free pass.Lichtensteiger agrees. Nobodys ever patient with the referees, no matter who it is.
Ryan Kerrigan, Jordan Reed and Brandon Scherff will skip next week's Pro Bowl in Orlando a team spokesman confirmed to CSN. All three players dealt with injuries late in the season, most notably Reed, and playing in the exhibition game is not in the cards. Trent Williams, however, is still slated to play in the game.
Reed suffered a separated shoulder on Thanksgiving playing against the Dallas Cowboys. For the rest of the season, Reed played through significant pain and his production dipped.
Kerrigan played much of the season with an injured elbow and hurt his finger in the final game against the Giants. Scherff played with ankle pain and was listed on the injury report much of the season's final four games.
For Reed and Scherff, this year marked their first Pro Bowl. The recognition was deserved for both players, and shows that the guard and tight end are gaining national spotlight for their play.
Kerrigan played in the Pro Bowl following the 2012 season. He finished this year with 11 sacks, 2.5 short os his career high 13.5 in 2014.
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When longtime Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo lost his starting job to rookie Dak Prescott, there was general consensus that Prescott won the job fair and square when Romo got injured.
Romo himself said as much. But there are still people around the NFL who feel Dallas didn't do right by their 10-year starter.
As Romo was leaving the field after the Cowboys lost to the Packers in the playoffs, Pepper Burruss, Green Bay's director of sports medicine, approached him. A microphone picked up Burruss saying what sounds like, "You deserve better."
Take a listen.
It's possible Burruss could have meant something else, like Romo deserved better injury luck. Maybe.
Also keep in mind that Romo may have been leaving the field as a Cowboy for the final time of his career. What a note to leave on...
The 36-year-old has said he still wants an opportunity to start in the NFL. That won't happen in Dallas, so it's likely he'll move on to another team this offseason.
According to Adam Schefter on ESPN Radio, the Cowboys may be willing to trade Romo to the team of his choice.
Speculation has linked him to the Broncos, Bears, Jets and Texans.
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