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Report: NFL and officials are talking

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 30: NFL replacement referee Mike Shepherd (center) and the officials crew stand on the field prior to the start of the preseason game between the Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Bills 38-32. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/Detroit Lions/Getty Images)

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Amid PFT-propagated rumors that the NFL and the locked-out game officials are negotiating for the first time in weeks, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that, while there’s no formal meeting, the two sides are talking.

Breer says via Twitter that the two sides are exchanging “numbers and ideas,” and that the talks “signify progress.”

Progress is very good news, given that the two sides aren’t that far apart. So let’s get it done and then tell the replacement officials that the only replacing they’ll be doing this year involves batteries, light bulbs, and/or Band-Aids.