Kluwe: Replacement referees could cost teams a shot at the playoffs

For the second time in less than a week, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is offering his opinion on the NFL's replacement referees. On Tuesday, Kluwe said that the replacements can't handle the speed of the NFL, and one bad call could cost a bubble team a shot at the playoffs.
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