After months of deliberations with the National Football League, the referees finally reached an agreement that would have them return to the field for Week 4. Members of the referee's association will vote by secret ballot Saturday at the DFW Marriott in Irving, Texas, to ratify their new deal with the league.
The two parties had reached a tentative deal earlier in the week that allowed the regular refs to return in time for Thursday night's game between the Browns and Ravens. The 121 regular officials were locked out in June, and the NFL began the season with replacement officials.
Calls for the NFL to come to an agreement with the referee's union peaked after a controversial call by the replacement officials during the Monday Night Football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.
According to CBS Sports in Dallas/Fort Worth, field judge Boris Cheek said that officials are prepared to begin work immediately:
"We just know we're ready to go. We have our equipment, we have the things we need to be on the field for Sunday."