Umpire position moved starting with Hall of Fame game

The NFL has ramped up its policy on avoiding concussions, and the policy has not excluded the referees. With high speed collisions involving the umpire position, the NFL has permanently moved the umpire to the offensive backfield, nine years after a pilot program of the switch was tried in the

ESPN: Competition Committee wants to hardhat umpires

This morning, Adam Schefter reported on ESPN that the Competition Committee is looking to recommend that umpires wear protective headgear. The umpire position on the officiating crew, positioned in the middle of the field near the line of scrimmage on the defensive side, is the one most frequently subject to

Back judge Rich Reels injured on Vikings kickoff return

Week 7: Vikings at Steelers During a breakaway runback by Percy Harvins of the Vikings on a kickoff return, back judge Rich Reels found himself right in the path of the coverage team. While running to cover the third quarter runback, he was caught off guard when the play quickly shifted