You can expect this story to break through with the mainstream media any day now. As first reported on a local blog, there was a woman officiating at the New Orleans Saints practice last week.
Last year Sarah Thomas became the first female to officiate in a 1-A college football game. Thomas was a line judge in the Memphis/Jackson state game September 15th. Sports Illustrated even wrote a small feature on Thomas following the game.
NFL teams often bring college refs to help with practices. Thomas was one of those officials last week with the Saints. ESPN even wrote last year that Thomas is being “scouted” by the NFL. The league has refused to comment on whether Sarah Thomas is being considered for a future NFL job, but there is speculation that she is being groomed for a future job. The NBA has used female officials since 1997.