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Referee assignments, preseason week 1

The offseason is finally over, and that means the first lineup of NFL preseason games begins this week.




The offseason is finally over, and that means the first lineup of NFL preseason games begins this week. The officiating department is not waiting to experiment with their crews, as four games this week will feature an eighth official, four members of the development program will be on the field, and three officials from the Canadian Football League will get some NFL reps as part of the ongoing interleague training arrangement.

The middle judge position is being tested again this preseason, but only in four games this week. This 8th official will be stationed in the shallow secondary to largely review line play from the umpire’s historical perspective. Middle judges are shown below with the jersey number of the official.

Officials in the development program are listed in italics and, for those who have been in the program before, their jersey number. CFL officials are shown with a Canadian flag 🇨🇦.

All times Eastern. Live games on NFL Network will be blacked out and telecast on local stations in both teams’ markets. Ed Hochuli’s crew is off this week. The 2017 officiating crews are listed here, but note that there may be substitutions from the regular crew personnel each week. 

Wednesday, Aug. 9

  • Texans at Panthers, 7 p.m. NFLN — Tony Corrente
    • LJ Tom Eaton

Thursday, Aug. 10

  • Vikings at Bills, 7 p.m.  —  Terry McAulay
  • Falcons at Dolphins, 7 p.m.  — Clete Blakeman
    • U 144 Kevin Mar
  • Washington at Ravens, 7:30 p.m.  — Brad Allen
    • MJ Rob Hand 🇨🇦
  • Jaguars at Patriots, 7:30 p.m./tape delay midnight NFLN  — Pete Morelli
  • Broncos at Bears, 8 p.m. NFLN — Walt Anderson
  • Saints at Browns, 8 p.m.  — Jeff Triplette
  • Eagles at Packers, 8 p.m.  — Bill Vinovich
    • SJ 167 Dave Foxcroft 🇨🇦
    • MJ 60 Gary Cavaletto

Friday, Aug. 11

  • Steelers at Giants, 7 p.m. NFLN — Ron Torbert
  • Buccaneers at Bengals, 7:30 p.m./tape delay 1 a.m. NFLN — Gene Steratore
  • 49ers at Chiefs, 9 p.m./joined in progress 10 p.m. NFLN — Carl Cheffers
    • DJ 136 Maia Chaka

Saturday, Aug. 12

  • Titans at Jets, 7:30 p.m. — Walt Coleman
  • Cowboys at Rams, 9 p.m. ESPN NFLN — Craig Wrolstad
  • Raiders at Cardinals, 10 p.m./tape delay 1 a.m. NFLN — John Hussey
    • MJ Jason Maggio 🇨🇦

Sunday, Aug. 13

  • Lions at Colts, 1:30 p.m. NFLN — Jerome Boger
    • SJ 142 Nate Jones
    • MJ 87 Walt Coleman IV
  • Seahawks at Chargers, 8 p.m. NFLN — John Parry
    • U 161 Tab Slaughter

Cam Filipe is a forensic scientist and has been involved in football officiating for 12 years. Cam is in his fourth season as a high school football official. This is his ninth season covering NFL officiating for Football Zebras.

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