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It feels like there is a perplexing roughing-the-passer penalty at least once a week during the NFL season.
Rarely, however, do the officials admit a mistake.
But umpire Roy Ellison did just that after the crew on the Buccaneers-Bengals preseason game Saturday flagged Tampa Bay rookie first-round pick Joe Tryon for unnecessary roughness.
Tryon was wearing a microphone during the game for a video produced by the team’s website. And it picked up audio of this exchange:
Ellison to Tryon: “That was a good play on the roughing the passer.”
Tryon: “I didn’t mean to hit him like that.”
Ellison: “I think we may have screwed that up.”
Well, the preseason is meant for working out the kinks, right? Not just for the players.
Helmet-to-helmet contact is almost always going to lead to a penalty in today’s NFL, though it did not appear Tryon lowered his head to deliver the hit on Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow. The helmet-to-helmet contact appears relatively minimal and unavoidable when the play is seen at full speed.
It’s not clear whether Ellison had seen an in-game replay or received word of the mistake from someone in his ear.
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