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Morning Headlines: NFL Refs Afraid of Getting Benched, & Opening Night is Here


 

Its finally here folks. The 2012 NFL regular season will kick-off tonight when the Dallas Cowboys head to New York for a divisional showdown against the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.

 

One of the biggest problems between the NFL and the locked-out referees is the NFL’s desire to establish a bench of officials, who would be available to replace officials who are struggling during the season. Players get benched all the time for performing poorly. Why shouldn’t referees?

 

As of now, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is not facing a suspension for his July DUI arrest.

 

RB Cedric Benson is listed as the Packers’ starting running back on the Week 1 depth chart.

 

San Diego does not expect Ryan Mathews  to be active for Week 1 as he recovers from a broken collarbone.

 

Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin stated that the current projected starting running back, Isaac Redman, must get over his ankle injury to start at Denver Sunday night.

 

The Ravens have agreed to a restructured contract with disgruntled LT Bryant McKinnie.

 

Browns RB Trent Richardson is looking ready to play in Cleveland’s opener against the Eagles on Sunday, though he will only get about 10 carries, and there still is a chance he won’t play at all.

 

Steelers safety Ryan Clark will not play on Sunday night against the Broncos because of the health risks involved with playing at high altitude.

 

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