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Shannon Eastin – Replacement Ref

Shannon Eastin is scheduled to officiate Thursday nights game between the San Diego Chargers, and the Green Bay Packers in San Diego.  There had been rumors that Eastin would call the opening preseason game for the NFL season, Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints in the Hall of Fame Game.  However these rumors appear to have been only speculation.  The NFL announced on Monday that Eastin would referee an NFL preseason game and it would be in Week 1 of the preseason.

According to the NFL commisioner Roger Goodell, Eastin will not be the last female to officiate in the National Football League.   Although no time table has been set for when the next female offical will be welcomed, many are speculating that if the NFL and the NFLRA (National Football League Referee’s Association) do not come to terms in the near future, more female refs could come really soon.

Eastin has spent the last 10 years officiating in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and will be the first female to officiate an NFL game either regular season or preseason.

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Seriousness of Gates foot injury

San Diego Chargers all-everything tight end visited a North Carolina foot specialist, the same doctor who has treated several Gates foot injuries over the year. Gates who had a standout season last year with nearly 80 catches over 1100 yards and 8 td’s triggered a lot of Fantasy owners paranoia after word came out that he was seeing the foot specialist yet again.

Gates came out and told Jay Paris of the North County Times:
“Just taking precautionary action because of the struggles in the past and all the things I have been through,” Gates said Friday at Chargers minicamp. “It never was a major problem; it was something I wanted to make sure wasn’t any worse.”

As the news comes out looks like Gates and Gates fantasy lovers can keep him penciled in as the #3 TE in the game, behind Vernon Davis and Dallas Clark. (Brent Celek may slide into top 3 if Kolb appears to be NFL caliber QB)