The NFL has hired 12 new officials for the 2014 season and promoted two veterans to referee. The league announced Thursday that Ronald Torbert and Craig Wrolstad have been promoted to referee, replacing the retired Scott Green and Ron Winter. Wrolstad has spent the past 11 seasons as a field judge. Torbert has worked the past four seasons as a side judge. Among the new officials is side judge Shawn Hochuli, the son of always-recognizable referee Ed Hochuli, and field judge Brad Freeman, the son of back judge Steve Freeman, a former player with Buffalo. Two women, Sarah Thomas and Maia Chaka, will work minicamps and preseason games this year. – AP
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