Gene Steratore begins his 10th season in the NFL tonight as he marks the triumphant return of the regular NFL officials. The lockout of the current referees was lifted just before midnight Wednesday, with a tentative collective bargaining agreement.
Steratore’s last game was the AFC divisional playoff between the Broncos and Patriots (see our game coverage here).
Tonight’s officiating lineup:
|R||114||Gene Steratore||10th year (7th as referee)|
|U||129||Bill Schuster||13th year|
|HL||106||Wayne Mackie||6th year|
|LJ||45||Jeff Seeman||11th year|
|FJ||25||Bob Waggoner||16th year|
|SJ||58||Jimmy DeBell||4th year|
|BJ||12||Greg Steed||10th year|
Schuster, Mackie, and Waggoner are from Steratore’s 2011 crew.
The remainder of the assignments will likely be known Friday or Saturday. Because of the quick turnaround, we expect some of the information to come slowly.