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NFL Players Association

Crappy Refs Are Putting

Player Safety at RISK

9/25/2012 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NFL players are in danger of seriously injuring themselves -- thanks to replacement refs like the ones who blew last night's game -- this according to a source at the players' union.

While everyone is, rightfully, up in arms over the refs awarding the Seahawks a bogus game-winning TD -- a source at the NFL Players Association tells TMZ ... "Health and safety is number one."

The source added ... "The owners imposed a lockout on a group [of referees] with 1500 years of combined NFL experience."

According to the source, the new refs don't have the chops to make the calls that prevent player injuries -- "We didn't make the call to put these guys in there, risking the integrity of the game, player safety, and all that stuff."

We're told the NFLPA has serious concerns its players  are risking their careers with such inexperienced refs on the field.

"They are high school and D-3 refs and don't have the experience. They aren't used to the size, strength, and speed of the players."

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WhatThe    

next story

669 days ago
2.

WhatThe    

Bababooeey

669 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

Who needs refs! How do you think they did it in the olden days.
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Phishie from Philly

669 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

Put Harvey out there. He can't be no worse.
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669 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

this argument makes no sense.players are going to take dirty cheep shots no matter what refs are on the field.this is just a union supporting another union.nothing else to see here

669 days ago
6.

Phil    

Green Bay is whining like a bunch of cheese head *******. You LOST the game. Move on.

669 days ago
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Melissa1987    

It's true. Many players have already been hurt which is the same every season but more will be hurt that could have been prevented. Players are able to get away with hits that they would not be able to get away with with the regular refs on the field.

669 days ago
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Kevin Ross    

with EVERYONE complaining about the game, IF your the NFL, do you reverse the game and give the win to the other team.

It sends a signal both ways... IF you do, you don't trust your new "refs"...

IF you don't it might cost the losing team down the road...

Thoughts... Thanks

669 days ago
9.

DaveT    

Time for the real refs to stop whining and get back to work.
Overpaid as it is, NFL referees only work **part time**...and get paid 10's of thousands of dollars....making thousand$ of dollars per game, for a couple hours of work
F-ckin' unions ;D

669 days ago
10.

CLINT    

Some of you are saying that some players are getting away with harder hits because of these new refs. So who's at fault here? The players. Don't blame the refs for injuries if the knuckle dragging neanderthals that play the game think it's all right to give that extra hit because they think they can get away with it.

669 days ago
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DaveT    

Unions = parasitic leeches, profiteering legalized mafia

669 days ago
12.

anony    

Damn right. Ask Matt Schaub.

669 days ago
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Porsche Bill    

This will encourage 'risky behavior' just because they think they can get away with it. Kind of like driving down the 405 with no lanes/speed limit/or CHP at night with your lights off.

669 days ago
14.

Jake    

Get over it. All this is remains a fight over union bosses.

This maybe be a mistake, or not, but the real issue is the greed of unions and their bosses while leading the football refs into retirement, or another line of work, and it should.

With the mess of an economy we have for these greedy refs to do this should signal their end as game officials.

These new ref's will soon gain confidence and will easily replace the union type overbearing goons.

669 days ago
15.

Pockets    

Yo that NFC West? SUCK IT GREENBAY!

669 days ago
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