Week 12: Jaguars at Bills
Walt Coleman’s crew tossed two players in Buffalo after a fight breaks out around a sideline catch ruled a touchdown.
Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette and Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson exchanged blows while Donte Moncrief and Levi Wallace struggle for control of the ball. Very clear who the combatants are, but senior vice president of officiating has said that he confirmed the ejections under the replay protocol for disqualifications.
Sportsmanship is the cornerstone of the game and the League will not tolerate game-related misconduct that conveys a lack of respect for the game itself and those involved in it… Video of the incident shows that you were not a participant in the play and that you ran from your sideline to the opposite side of the field to insert yourself as an active participant in a fight. Once you entered the fight area, you struck a member of the opposing team. Your actions adversely reflected on the NFL and have no place in the game.
Separate from the fight, the catch and the touchdown were also under review. Moncrief, the Jaguars receiver, had control of the ball easily before Wallace had any control of the ball. In this case, it is not a simultaneous possession call, but rather a joint possession call — in this case, the offense wins possession because control was established by Moncrief first. All of the grabbing and jostling after the play was dead was all irrelevant, and could have been a delay of game had there not been the fight and if Wallace ignores a command to separate.
The touchdown was overturned to down at the 1.
Fournette and Lawson are the 12th and 13th ejections this year.