12 Sep 2005
A pregame scuffle between the Falcons and Eagles resulted in Jeremiah Trotter and Kevin Mathis being ejected. This happened before a Florida-Florida State game once. Has anyone ever seen it in the NFL? I don't think I've ever seen an official throw a flag during pregame warmups. The ref is looking in the replay booth to see what happened, which I believe is improper, as there's no listing in the rule book that allows the ref to review such things. Are you ready for some football?
UPDATE: I just checked the Record & Fact book, and it's very clear that only certain types of plays can be reviewed via replay. Pregame fights are not among the penalties that referees are permitted to look at.
46 comments, Last at 14 Sep 2005, 12:28pm by Gaius
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