Quick calls from ‘Monday Night Football’ Week 8

#457964914 / gettyimages.com Impetus rule. Cowboys defensive back J.J. Wilcox intercepted a first-quarter pass in the end zone and then subsequently fumbled the ball out of bounds in the end zone (video). When a ball is dead in the end zone, it is either a touchdown, a safety, or a touchback.

Suspending officials is uncommon in NFL

8 known suspensions of officials for on-field incidents The NFL rarely has suspended officials for their conduct on the field; although it is possible that some may have occurred without public knowledge, this list is complete for all reported suspensions. Also, there are two known cases of officials (not included

After Further Review: Safety is number 1 priority

Some of the officiating news items from Sunday: A couple of puzzling replay reviews: Mike Carey allowed a catch to stand, despite clear evidence the pass was incomplete, according to our Roundtable experts [Ben Austro, Football Zebras]. Bill Vinovich ruled a player touched a loose ball with his foot while out

Media tape: clock on penalties, spot on slide, tangled feet PI

The latest media tape by Dean Blandino has been posted by the NFL, which we will use as the weekly training tape on unusual calls. The vice president of officiating discussed these calls:The clock remains stopped on penalties inside 2:00 of the first half and 5:00 of the second half.

Patriots no-holding call, Cowboys loose ball on punt: Roundtable examines Week 6 calls

Football Zebras Roundtable We asked our officiating roundtable to review the Patriots game-winning touchdown for a possible holding foul and a Washington punt with an interesting recovery. Helping us interpret the call are two former officiating supervisors, Jim Daopoulos and Larry Upson. They were responsible for reviewing game film each week

H-backs, tight ends expand their numbers

2013 rule changes  It's not a controversial rule change, and we are almost certain that former Raiders tight end Todd Christensen approves. Tight ends have been restricted to uniform numbers in the 80s, which they also had to share with the receiving corps. Because teams were retiring their star receivers' numbers, the