From Lambeau Field, Green Bay
We’ve learned this week that the NFL has alerted teams that replacement officials will work the regular-season opener rather than the real officials that remain locked out by the league.
That’s not a good sign for a quality opening weekend, but then NFL ownership does not appear to be concerned about that matter.
Thursday night here in Green Bay, the Chiefs and Packers will get a replacement crew led by referee Wayne Elliott. He’s a University of Texas grad, a real estate salesman in Austin and he’s worked high school, college and indoor football.
The back judge in the crew is Derrick Rhone-Dunn, who worked the Sugar Bowl back in January with a Big 12 Conference crew and has worked Arena League games. The side judge is Lance Easley, a banker out of Central California that has worked high school games. They are in the picture above getting an earful from San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh over a pass interference call in a game last week.
Field judge Richard Simmons is a Texas high school official and head linesman Victor Pettus has worked high school and small college games in Alabama.
Umpire Marc Harrod out of Texas and line judge Joe Clark out of Texas fill out the crew.