Female Could Officiate Lions' Opener


If the NFL opens the season with replacement referees — and more and more people are bracing themselves for that — female line judge Shannon Eastin might work the Lions’ opener.

Complete Week 1 officiating assignments aren’t yet known, but Xtra Sports 910 in Phoenix reported Eastin has been assigned to Sunday’s game against St. Louis at Ford Field.

If the NFL lockout holds, she would be the first female official to work a regular-season game.

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