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The spike that wasn’t a spike, but still a foul

Bears receiver Eddie Royal tossed the ball after the play and was assessed a 5-yard penalty for spiking the ball. Was this correct?

Ben Austro
Ben Austro

Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref’s Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

2 thoughts on “The spike that wasn’t a spike, but still a foul

  1. Not to put too fine a point but I saw the ball thrown and spun in multiple games so far this season with no penalty at all.

    All we want is consistency. If they are going to call 20-25 penalties a game do them the same for each team, each week, from crew to crew.

  2. Here is the “spike” or throwing the ball or whatever the “official” wants to claim it was.

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