Report: NFL handpicks officiating crew for Monday
The league pulled five members from referee Clete Blakeman's crew and replaced them with "high-performing officials from other crews," according to a report from ESPN's Kevin Seifert. It is a rare practice for the NFL and typically reserved only for postseason games.
The only two members of Blakeman's crew who will work the game are umpire Ramon George and down judge Dana McKenzie. The replacements include line judge Rusty Baynes, field judge Dale Shaw, side judge Brad Freeman, back judge Tony Steratore and replay official Jim Lapetina.
The prime-time matchup initially was scheduled to take place in Mexico City before it was moved to Los Angeles because of concerns about field conditions. Both teams enter the week with a 9-1 record, and the game has been billed as a potential Super Bowl preview.
--Field Level Media
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