Sources: NFL, officials' union hold talks

Associated Press Modified: September 23, 2012 at 11:33 pm •  Published: September 23, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL and the officials' union were talking again.

Two people familiar with the talks say that the NFL and the locked out officials' union met Sunday.

It was uncertain whether progress was made in an attempt to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, or when further negotiations would take place.

The two people spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the talks are not being made public.

The NFL locked out the officials in June after their contract expired. The league has been using replacement officials, and through three weeks of the regular season there has been much criticism over the way some games are being handled.

Earlier Sunday, the NFL players' union sent an open letter to team owners calling for an end to the lockout.

On Sunday, there were more suspect calls during several games.

Replacement officials admitted making two mistakes in Minnesota's victory over San Francisco, while a few other games included questionable calls that could have affected the outcomes.

Referee Ken Roan said he twice granted 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh video challenges after Harbaugh called timeout in the fourth quarter. Neither challenge should have been allowed once Harbaugh asked for time.

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