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Umpire Roy Ellison fined game check for player dust-up, reinstated from administrative leave

The NFL fined umpire Roy Ellison a game check ($9,300) and re-instated him for Week 15, after the league placed him on administrative leave to investigate a post-game confrontation with the Buffalo Bills Jerry Hughes in Week 13. Tom Pelissero, a reporter for NFL.com, tweeted the information. Hughes sought out Ellison in the tunnel after the game with the Miami Dolphins. Hughes accused Ellison of calling him a "bitch" during the game. The NFL fined Hughes $53,482. Scott Green, executive director of the NFL Referees Association, said in a statement e-mailed to Football Zebras, "Roy is back on the field where he

Umpire Roy Ellison placed on administrative leave after another player confrontation

Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes specifically sought out and confronted the officials from Sunday's game on the way to the locker room. Hughes was captured on video going ballistic, yelling that one of the officials called him "a bitch." The official that Hughes is directing his ire to was obscured in the video, but Football Zebras identified that it was umpire Roy Ellison. Referee Shawn Hochuli could be heard saying, "Come on, Roy," to diffuse the situation. The NFL is investigating the matter, and until that is completed, Ellison will not be on the field. In response to our query, NFL spokesman

2018 rule changes

The replay timing rule change that’s not in the rulebook

In the process of updating the rulebook, there are the major rule changes approved by the owners and additional language updates to other parts of the rules related to those changes. Occasionally, there are other wording changes that clear up an ambiguity or use different language that better describes the current enforcement of the rule. Very infrequently, there will be other changes in the rules that are minor, but still substantive, without owner approval. This rule change, however, is in a category never seen before. It is a rule change that doesn't even appear in the rulebook, and it could affect

Mechanics

Wires and gadgets are part of the NFL official’s uniform

NFL officials wear several pieces of equipment out on the field, draped around their neck, wrapped around their wrists and fingers and hooked on their belt. In the last 10 years, NFL officials are hooked up to several wireless devices to help them do their jobs. Every NFL official takes the field with official-to-official radios, known as "O2O." Hooked to their belt is the radio battery pack and a push-to-talk button. The button is round and about the size of a pager, so the official can feel for the button and push to talk without having to fumble around looking to

Most officials don’t watch the ball during a play

If you want to watch, buy a ticket. -- back judge Stan Javie to rookie official Jerry Bergman Sr., in 1966.   You might be surprised how little time NFL officials spend watching the ball during a play. When the offense snaps the ball, where do non-officials' eyes go? The camera, announcers and most fans follow the ball. But, for almost every official on the field, they cannot watch the ball. Bergman learned that lesson in his first preseason game. According to a story he told in the book, The Third Team, Bergman says he saw the Bears returner Gayle Sayers break off a

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