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The National Football League has reportedly reached a deal with NFL Referees Association to end the lockout at midnight Thursday.
According to several sources, including NFL.com and the New York Times, the deal was made in time for the referees will work during Thursday night's game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.
With Commissioner Roger Goodell at the table, the sides concluded two days of talks with the announcement of a tentative deal, which must be ratified by the union's 121 members.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted "Pleased to report that an agreement has been reached with the NFL Referees Association. Details to follow."
The replacements worked the first three weeks of games, triggering a wave of frustration that threatened to disrupt the rest of the season. After a missed call cost the Green Bay Packers a win on a chaotic final play at Seattle on Monday night, the two sides really got serious.
Exact terms of the agreement have not yet been disclosed.