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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 away from the sideline and was plowed to the turf (video).

Reels left the field on his own feet, and the officiating crew reconfigured to six officials. His condition and his chance of return are unknown.

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)