granted it's preseason, but it's a step in the right direction.
A woman will be part of an NFL officiating crew for the first time Thursday night, the league confirmed Monday.
Shannon Eastin, who has been a referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, will work Thursday night's preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET). The news had been earlier reported by the Los Angeles Times.