The NFL's regular referees returned to the gridiron tonight to a thundering applause from the crowd -- and even got a personal welcome-back hug from the scariest man in football ... Ray Lewis.
As you know by now ... the NFL reached a deal yesterday with the real refs -- ending the Reign of Error ... courtesy of the infamous replacement refs.
As the entered the field for tonight's Ravens-Browns match up, the refs each tipped their caps in a show of appreciation for fans' support.
Now it's only a matter of time before they screw up a call and we can trash them too.
Make Triumphant Return
To STANDING OVATION
9/27/2012 5:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Get TMZ Breaking News alerts to your inbox