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U DeFelice out with foot injury



Umpire Garth DeFelice departed the Lions-Saints game early with a foot injury at 5:45 of the first quarter. (Apparently it was on the kickoff, because all seven officials were on the field for the preceding field goal.) Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michelle Tafoya said that it appears to be a tendon injury on his left foot, apparently after feeling an unsettling pop.

Side judge Greg Meyer moved to the umpire position, leaving two deep officials.

Photo credit: Life magazine/Bob Levey/Getty Images: DeFelice after breaking up a fight in a November 2010 game.

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)