The NFL will open the regular season next week with replacement officials and said it was prepared to use them "as much ... as necessary" afterward.
Replacements will be on the field beginning Wednesday night when the Dallas Cowboys visit the New York Giants in the season opener, league executive Ray Anderson told the 32 teams in a memo. Negotiations are at a standstill between the NFL and the officials' union.
The NFL Referees Association was locked out in early June, and talks on a new collective bargaining agreement have gone nowhere. Replacements have been used throughout the exhibition season.
In 2001, the NFL used replacements for the first week of the regular season before a contract was finalized. The speed of the game and the amount of time starters are on the field increase exponentially for real games, making the replacements' task more challenging.
Anderson, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, told the clubs in a memo Wednesday that the replacements will work "as much of the regular season as necessary," adding that training with each crew will continue.
The NFL noted it has expanded the use of instant replay as an officiating tool this year to include all scoring plays and turnovers. Officiating supervisors will be on hand to assist the crews on game administration issues.
"We are not surprised, based on Ray Anderson's statements ... that the NFL was not going to reach out
Redskins 30, Buccaneers 3: On his first full day on the job as Washington's kicker, Billy Cundiff made three of four field goal attempts -- and was booed for the one he missed -- making him the only first-stringer to do something noteworthy in a win over visiting Tampa Bay. Roy Helu Jr., from Danville, ran for 90 yards and two scores for the Redskins.
Giants 6, Patriots 3: Lawrence Tynes kicked a 32-yard field goal with 1:03 to play and host New York defeated New England in the exhibition finale for the teams that met in the Super Bowl in early February.
Eli Manning and the majority of the Giants' starters played just over a quarter, with receiver Hakeem Nicks making his preseason debut. New England rested its starters, with only fullback Eric Kettani and defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick starting.
Cowboys 30, Dolphins 13: Orie Lemon returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown, and host Dallas beat Miami.
Jaguars: Jacksonville general manager Gene Smith told the Florida Times-Union that he has no intention of trading holdout running back Maurice Jones-Drew, ESPN.com reported.
Wire services contributed to this report.