Upon further review, the Dolphins-Steelers officiating crew made only one mistake on the pivotal play of Sunday’s game.
That’s small consolation to the Dolphins, who felt as though they were robbed of a win by “Stealers.’’
The lone officiating error was the initial ruling of a touchdown for Ben Roethlisberger, former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira said yesterday.
After that, Pereira said, the crew handled the situation correctly, despite debate about the subsequent replay review and explanation of the final ruling.
The ruling proved crucial in Miami’s 23-22 loss.
The Dolphins (3-3) had a right to be angry, because the erroneous TD call by the head linesman may have cost them the game. Miami linebacker Ikaika Alama-Francis emerged from an end zone pile with the ball fumbled by Roethlisberger with 2:30 left.
A replay review determined Roethlisberger’s touchdown was instead a fumble, but because the video didn’t provide clear evidence as to which team recovered, Pittsburgh kept the ball and kicked the winning field goal on the next play.
Because the touchdown was overturned, only the video review could determine which team recovered the fumble, said Pereira. Any ruling on the field as to which team recovered was irrelevant, because the play is considered over when a touchdown signal is given, and the officials don’t continue to officiate.
Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington argued the linesman shouldn’t have been so quick to signal a touchdown. That way the officials on the field would have determined who recovered the ball.
“If it looked like the ball was loose, play it out,’’ Pennington said. “Don’t throw your hands up in the air, especially in the last two stinking minutes of the game.’’
Sorry about that Vikings
coach Brad Childress
said the NFL has apologized for an overturned touchdown in Sunday night’s 28-24 loss at Green Bay.
Childress said he called the league about tight end Visanthe Shiancoe’s nullified score late in the second quarter Sunday night. The replay review determined Shiancoe didn’t have proper possession of the ball as he landed after his diving catch.
But Childress said NFL vice president of officiating Carl Johnson acknowledged the mistake and said he was “disappointed that the call was reversed.’’
McCoy up in air
Browns coach Eric Mangini
said he will not commit to rookie Colt McCoy
as his starting quarterback until he knows who is available after the bye week. McCoy made his second straight start Sunday as Cleveland stunned the Saints, 30-17. McCoy vaulted into the starter’s role following injuries to Jake Delhomme
and Seneca Wallace
, who both sustained ankle sprains. Cleveland will host the Patriots
Nov. 7. The Browns released running back James Davis
, and, according to The Plain Dealer, intend to claim former Patriots running back Thomas Clayton
off waivers . . . Texans coach Gary Kubiak
said Brian Cushing
will take over the middle linebacker spot from DeMeco Ryans
, who is out for the season with a ruptured left Achilles’ tendon.
Revis ready to go Jets
All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis
declared himself healthy after using the bye week to rehabilitate his balky left hamstring. “It felt great today,’’ Revis said after a light practice. “Now I can settle in and just play football. I’m 100 percent.’’ The Jets play at home against the Packers
Sunday . . . Reggie Bush
says he’ll try practicing on his healing right leg tomorrow with the hope of playing against the Steelers Sunday night.
Surgery for Jackson
Rams running back Steven Jackson
had surgery on his left ring finger. Two pins were inserted into the finger, and his status for this Sunday’s home game against Carolina is unknown . . . Jaguars right tackle Eben Britton
will have season-ending shoulder surgery on his right labrum . . . 49ers quarterback Alex Smith
spent yesterday morning in a London hospital, and is waiting to hear if a left shoulder injury will keep him from playing against the Broncos Sunday at Wembley Stadium . . . Packers coach Mike McCarthy
said linebacker Brady Poppinga
(left knee) and defensive lineman Mike Neal
(shoulder) will have season-ending surgeries.
Jaguars quarterback David Garrard
expects to pass his post-concussion tests today and be cleared to practice tomorrow. Coach Jack Del Rio
said Garrard will start Sunday’s game at Dallas if he passes the tests . . . Arizona quarterback Max Hall
has a concussion and will undergo the required testing to determine whether he can play Sunday against Tampa Bay . . . Buccaneers tight end Jerramy Stevens
was released by the team after being arrested and charged with possession of marijuana Saturday . . . Vince Banonis
, the starting center for the Lions championship teams in 1952-53, died Saturday in Southfield, Mich. He was 89. Obituary, Page B14.
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