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Replacement refs set through week 5

A person familiar with the schedule has told The Associated Press that the NFL has devised a temporary five-week setup for using replacement officials.

The regular on-field officials are locked out and replacements worked the preseason and the first week of the regular season.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not made public officiating schedules.

In early June, the league locked out the officials, who are part-time NFL employees, after their collective bargaining agreement expired. The NFL Referees Association and the league met for three days at the beginning of September before talks collapsed.

Snapping with a broken arm

It'll go down as the other remarkable performance in Robert Griffin III's stellar NFL debut: Washington's long snapper was playing with a broken arm.

Nick Sundberg broke his left arm in the first half of the Redskins' 40-32 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

But Sundberg continued to play. He snapped the ball four times for punts, twice for field goals and twice for extra points in the second half.

Sundberg said at one point he grabbed Griffin and told the rookie quarterback to keep the drives going because the punt snaps were so painful.

Sundberg was wearing a cast on Monday. He's uncertain when he'll be able to play again.

Injury report

New York All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis has a "mild concussion," and his status for the team's game at Pittsburgh on Sunday is uncertain.

Falcons' cornerback Brett Grimes' is out the season with a torn achilles tendon.

Denver defensive tackle Ty Warren's career might be over. Warren tore his right triceps in his first game since 2009. It's the same injury that sidelined him last season.

Bills receiver David Nelson will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his right knee, while running back Fred Jackson hurt his right knee and is out for three weeks.

Cardinals quarterback John Skelton has a low right ankle sprain and coach Ken Whisenhunt is noncommittal about Sunday's game at New England.

Browns' cornerback suspended

Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden was suspended Monday without pay for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances. Haden, who reportedly tested positive in the offseason for the stimulant Adderall, played in Sunday's season opener against Philadelphia while the suspension was under appeal. He had an interception and six tackles in Cleveland's 17-16 loss.

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