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NFL's Week 1 will feature replacement officials

Last week, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe called NFL replacement refs “horrible” and “embarrassing.” But it looks like they’ll be around for a while. The league says it's labor dispute with the union continues, so it will open the regular season with replacement officials.
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Last week, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe called NFL replacement refs “horrible” and “embarrassing.” But it looks like they’ll be around for a while. The league says it's labor dispute with the union continues, so it will open the regular season with replacement officials.

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