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NFLPA still concerned about replacement officials

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Replacement officials huddle in the second quarter of an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


Though the NFL likely will continue to circle the wagons, more arrows are flying toward the Conestogas.

Apart from high-profile players like Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco pointing out the deficiencies of the replacement officials, the NFL Players Association remains concerned about the quality of the officiating, both as it relates to the integrity of the game and the health and safety of the players.

An NFLPA source tells PFT that the union noticed “a lot more pushing and shoving and the play,” and that in the assessment of the union the officials “almost lost control of a few games today.”

The union, we’re told, has asked the individual player representatives to provide a brief report regarding the performance of the replacements, including any obvious health and safety issues.

The NFLPA previously asked for comprehensive background information regarding the replacements. They’ve received some information, and the union is in the process of digesting it.

“To us,” the source said, “this is still about a basic and dangerous union-busting agenda. They are hurting the game and hurting the NFL brand, in our view.”

More and more players and fans seem to be sharing that view. But the wagons keep on circling.