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2023 preseason

Referee assignments, preseason week 2

This week will have referee tryouts and development officials working on the field



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The NFL heads into the middle of the preseason this weekend with games Thursday through Monday.

Football Zebras has confirmed that three officials will get a tryout at the referee position. For each of those crews, the veteran referee will be on hand to mentor the prospective referee during breaks in the game.

Additionally, there are college officials in the Mackie Development Program — the NFL’s officiating development pipeline — that will be working this weekend. Umpire Sarah Fleming will be working the Dolphins-Texans game and side judge Karina Tovar will be in the Saints-Chargers game. Both women were on an all-female officiating crew in January’s Hula Bowl.

The league office does not distribute the full list of assignments to officials, other than their own assignments. Therefore, some assignments were not available to us at the time of publication, which are shown as blank and will be updated.

All times are Eastern. Live games on NFL Network will be blacked out and telecast on local stations in both teams’ markets. (In some blackouts, a game scheduled to air on tape delay game will be aired live on NFL Network as a substitute game.) All games are available live on NFL+.

The 2023 officiating crews are listed here, but note that there may be substitutions from the regular crew personnel each week.

Thursday, Aug. 17

  • Browns at Eagles, 7:30 p.m. NFLN — Duane Heydt (Brad Allen crew) REFEREE TRYOUT

Friday, Aug. 18

  • Panthers at Giants, 7 p.m. NFLN — Adrian Hill
  • Bengals at Falcons, 7:30 p.m./tape delay 10:30 p.m.  NFLN — Tra Blake

Saturday, Aug. 19

  • Jaguars at Lions, 1 p.m. NFLN — Shawn Smith
  • Dolphins at Texans, 4 p.m. NFLN — Bill Vinovich
  • Bills at Steelers, 6:30 p.m. — Land Clark
  • Bears at Colts, 7 p.m. NFLN — Ramon George (Brad Rogers crew) REFEREE TRYOUT
  • Buccaneers at Jets, 7:30 p.m. — Scott Novak
  • Titans at Vikings, 8 p.m. — Clay Martin
  • Patriots at Packers, 8 p.m. — John Hussey
  • Chiefs at Cardinals, 8 p.m. — Craig Wrolstad
  • Broncos at 49ers, 8:30 p.m. — Alex Kemp
  • Raiders at Rams, 9 p.m./tape delay 1 a.m.  NFLN — Brandon Cruse (Carl Cheffers crew) REFEREE TRYOUT
  • Cowboys at Seahawks, 10 p.m. NFLN — Alan Eck

Sunday, Aug. 20

  • Saints at Chargers, 7 p.m. NFLN — Shawn Hochuli

Monday, Aug. 21

  • Ravens at Commanders, 8 p.m. ESPN — Ron Torbert

Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

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