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June 13, 2012

Jerry Jones says NFL can go with replacement officials as long as they're consistent for both teams

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said as long as there is no advantage to either team, the NFL can go on with replacement officials.

The league is considering a plan to hire and train new officials after it could not reach a deal with its current officials.

“I respect the ability and respect our officiating so much, so I want to be sure and talk about how good our officiating is,” Jones said Tuesday at Valley Ranch, where the Cowboys started a three-day minicamp. “On the other hand, as long as what we do in lieu of that is consistent for both teams, then that’s the way we’ll look at it. If in any way it proved to be an advantage for one team or another, that’d be another case.”

Jones said he is not worried about injuries resulting from “replacement” officiating. But he said he would rather have the current officials.

“There’s no question that with our officials, the officials we have that we’re trying to contract with, it is better officiating than anything we would substitute it for, and they should be respected like that,” Jones said. “But we all know we’ve got to go on.”

There is still time to reach an agreement. Jones was asked if he is optimistic about that.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I think everybody’s just got to get in here, roll their sleeves up and, in essence, do what we do with the players. And let’s get a deal.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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