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Replacement refs get complaints from Washington Redskins following loss to Rams

2:02 PM, Sep 17, 2012   |    comments
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By USA TODAY

ASHBURN, VA - Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall is downright sick of the replacement officials.

He's so tired of what he sees as a lack of control, he's willing to put up $2 million of his own money to help the league and the regular officials reach a new collective bargaining agreement.

"I don't know what they're arguing about, but I've got a couple mil on it, so let's try to make it work," he said Monday at the team's headquarters. "I'm sure this locker room could party up some cash and try to help the cause out."

Of course, he was joking, though he said it with a straight face and continued with a scathing critique of the officiating in his team's 31-28 loss to the Rams on Sunday in St. Louis.

"I have never been a part of anything like that before," he said. "I've played a lot of football in my years, and I've never been a part of a game that was that chippy. Just so many extracurricular things going on after the play. It's like, 'Come on, man, you can get somebody hurt out here.'

"But they were calling it both ways. You've got to adjust, like playing basketball. If the ref calls that a foul, you know what kind of day it is. We can't say the refs cost us the game."

The Redskins joined a chorus of disapproval around the league -- which came loudest from players on the losing ends of Week 2 contests. Redskins linebacker Chris Wilson says the discontent with officiating could reach a boiling point.

"I think the frustration has grown," says Wilson. "I heard the guy in charge of the refs was even upset. If it escalates any higher, you're talking about fistfights."

Emotions promise to run high if the Redskins perceive opponents are taking cheap shots at rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, which coach Mike Shanahan suggested Sunday evening and Griffin's teammates confirmed Monday.

"They were definitely doing things that wasn't clean football," said linebacker London Fletcher. "Late hits, stuff like that. Things that bordered on dirty."

USA TODAY

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