By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The NFL says they will use replacement officials for the first week of the regular season. According to a report, the locked-out referees are willing to sit out for much longer to get what they want.

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Mike Freeman of CBS Sports sites a source that says that officials are willing to sit out most, if not all, of the NFL season. “This is a battle of right and wrong,” Freeman’s report quotes an unnamed official saying. “We are willing to wait for as long as it takes.”

“I say again: Things can turn quickly and a deal is a phone call away, but if the real officials’ position is that they can wait things out, this whole situation might take longer than expected,” Freeman says.

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The NFL has used replacement officials for the entire preseason, with at-best mixed reviews. The best case scenario for the locked-out officials is a crucial mistake, or mistakes, by replacement officials this weekend. However, if this weekend goes off without a hitch, their bargaining position becomes far worse.

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