NFL, Referees reach agreement; end lockout

The NFL and the NFL Referees Association reached an agreement late Wednesday night to end the referee lockout, the league confirmed.

There will be a regular referee union crew in Baltimore for Thursday night's Ravens-Browns game.

NFL Network, citing a league source, reported the two sides agreed to a new developmental program, rather than adding 21 officials to the current pool of 121 NFLRA officials.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the refs will be back on the field starting Thursday night.

"We appreciate the commitment of the NFLRA in working through the issues to reach this important agreement," Goodell said in a joint statement issued by the NFL and NFLRA.

"Our Board of Directors has unanimously approved taking this proposed CBA to the membership for a ratification vote," said Scott Green, president of the NFLRA. "We are glad to be getting back on the field for this week's games."

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