Reports: NFL, Referees Closing in on New Deal

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Even if a deal was at hand, it was still uncertain how it would affect the weekend's games.

"Your loud voices r heard about getting Refs back," Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay wrote on Twitter. "We're desperately trying 2 get it done! We want a deal that improves officiating overall."


AP Sports Writers Richard Rosenblatt, Larry Lage, Joe Kay, Will Graves, Stephen Hawkins, Dave Campbell and Michael Marot contributed to this report.

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