By Esme Murphy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — CBS Sports is reporting the NFL and the locked out referees are on the verge of a signing a deal that could bring veteran officials back to the field this weekend.

Blown calls like the one in the Packers/Seahawks games have players, coaches and fans in an uproar. While no deal has been reached, word of a possible agreement has been building all day Wednesday.

Even Vikings fans say that call pushed their frustrations over the top.

“As much as I hate the Packers, because we are from Minnesota, that was outrageous,” said Vikings fan Anthony Owen. “To watch the game end like that, and for the NFL — as many billions as they make, and how many people they employ — to not get that done is outrageous to me.”

At the Vikings’ game last week, botched calls by the replacements included the awarding of an extra time out to the San Francisco 49ers.

At Winter Park, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said he is preparing his players to be ready for either the replacements or veteran referees.

“I have continuously talked to our players about being focused on what they can control,” he said. “And that is their effort, and the way they approach every ball game, and their preparation. And it won’t be any different this week, whether something is resolved or not.”


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