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By The Associated Press
Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, 9:14 p.m.

The regular refs may have missed a few things in their first game back.

Browns safety Ray Ventrone, who starred at Chartiers Valley and Villanova, said the Ravens were dirty.

“I know that they were playing dirty on offense,” Ventrone said Friday as Cleveland's players regrouped after Thursday's loss. “Watch the film, man. There was some dirty stuff going on.”

Ventrone, the Browns' special teams dynamo who is playing despite recently undergoing surgery on a badly broken thumb, said “There was some unnecessary stuff that was happening to our defensive backs most specifically.”

Ventrone said there has been some questionable play in the past but not as much as in this meeting between the teams.

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NFL officials on the verge of approving a new contract say they're excited to get back to work.

Officials started arriving Friday at a Dallas-area hotel to discuss and vote on an agreement reached with the league late Wednesday. Some planned to fly directly to their assigned cities for Sunday's game.

The deal must be ratified by 51 percent of the union's 121 members.

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New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot/knee) is listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Eagles.

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