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Replacement officials ready for Sunday

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Replacement officials ready for Sunday

The NFL and the NFL Referees Association have been in a contract dispute since June 3, and it now has referees locked out just two days before the season kicks off in Canton, Ohio.
It was assumed that a resolution would come about before any games were played, pre-season or regular season, but a source told ESPN.com's Adam Schefter that replacement officials are preparing to officiate the Hall of Fame game between the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints to kick off the 2012 NFL season.
Names of the officials are being withheld, and it's widely assumed the contract dispute will end before the regular season begins, but early returns are that the replacement officials have struggled calling the NFL game.
The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs wrote a story on the replacements yesterday, and center Roberto Garza said he thought players will be able to get away with more with the officials.
These guys do that for a living so they know what they are doing, Garza told Biggs. I dont know that they can affect the game that much. Its up to us to go out and play anyway. Obviously, you want the guys that have been around the game to go out there and officiate our game.
A veteran scout told Biggs that replacements were calling "only what is obvious."

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.

The four-episode series will air on ChicagoBears.com at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night. 

Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.

For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.