The NFL and the NFL Referees Association reached an agreement late last night on an eight-year deal almost exactly 48 hours after the highly controversial ruling by replacement refs that decided Monday's game between the Packers and the Seahawks. The regular referees, who had been locked out by the league in June, will be back at work tonight as the Cleveland Browns travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in an AFC North clash.
Meanwhile, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford did not participate in Wednesday's practice because of the strained hip he suffered near the end of Detroit’s loss at Tennessee this past weekend. It's not clear yet if he will be available to play in the Lion’s Week 4 matchup with Minnesota Sunday at Ford Field. If Stafford can’t go, veteran backup Shaun Hill would draw the start. Receiver Titus Young, tight end Tony Scheffler and safety Louis Delmas also skipped practice Wednesday because of various injuries. All three players are listed as questionable for the contest with the Vikings.