Goodell OK with replacement officials, no safety risk for players wire reports

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he is comfortable with the idea of using replacement officials in preseason games.

The Hall of Fame Game is coming up Sunday and there is no end in sight to the labor dispute between the NFL and its officials.

Speaking to reporters at the Green Bay Packers' training camp Wednesday, Goodell said he doesn't think using officials with less experience will represent a safety risk to players. He said player safety is "obviously such a focus for us, they've been training on that basis."

Members of the NFL Referees Association were locked out June 3 after talks broke down.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he doesn't have any concerns about the league using replacement officials in preseason games.

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