Cleveland Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs got absolutely rocked by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannelle Ellerbe on Thursday Night Football.  The proved one thing about a horrible football theory.

I had to listen to fan after fan suggest that the NFL replacement officials were putting the health of players at risk. Some of these fans called 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio right here in the Capital Region to state this exact thought. One of the worst opinions in sports was proven to be a bunch of hot air on Thursday night during a 23-16 win by the Baltimore Ravens over the Cleveland Browns.

The NFL reached an agreement with the referees’ union prior to the game on Thursday night. The real officials were back for the Browns-Ravens game last night. In the very first quarter the real NFL referees officiated this season, Joshua Cribbs got obliterated by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannelle Ellerbe.

Football is a very physical game. The health of the players wasn’t at risk when the replacement officials were running NFL games throughout the first three weeks of the season. The health of the players was at risk because -- wait for it -- they were playing FOOTBALL!! The NFL also fined multiple players and even suspended Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays for “egregious” hits. The league was still punishing players retroactively. The health of the players was never in serious risk specifically because of the replacement officials. Never.

Brian Noe is the Brand Manager at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY.  Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” each weekday from 1-3pm ET on WTMM.