Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Replacement officials draw more ire

One official was pulled from duty because he's a fan. Another negated a touchdown without throwing a penalty flag. Others had difficulty with basic rules.

Upon further review, Week 2 was poor for the NFL's replacement officials.

Coaches and players around the league are speaking out against the fill-in officials following a slew of questionable calls in Sunday's games.

Some players are even joking about dipping into their pockets to settle the contract dispute and get the regular officials back.

"I don't know what they're arguing about, but I got a couple of (million) on it, so let's try to make it work," Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall joked Monday. "I'm sure the locker room could pot up some cash and try to help the cause out."

And the league is reviewing the behavior of its replacement officials on social-media websites after replacing a crew member assigned to call the Saints' game Sunday because photos on Facebook showed him wearing the team's gear.

Monday's Falcons-Broncos game in Atlanta was delayed for six minutes as officials tried to determine their course after a fumble and a pileup.

Goodell vs. Vilma

NEW YORK — The league presented Jonathan Vilma and his attorney with a sworn statement from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams saying the linebacker placed a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre.

Vilma met with commissioner Roger Goodell about his suspension, which has been temporarily lifted. Attorney Peter Ginsberg said they were given an affidavit.

"What Gregg Williams said in his most recent affidavit is the same falsity he has previously provided," Ginsberg said.

Williams is now with St. Louis, but is suspended indefinitely.

BEARS: Matt Forte didn't practice, but jogged off the field. Coach coach Lovie Smith said it's premature to speculate whether the running back will play Sunday but that his sprained right ankle is not a serious injury.

BROWNS: Tight end Alex Smith was briefly hospitalized with a concussion after Sunday's loss in Cincinnati. The team said the former Buc is day to day.

CHARGERS: Running back Ryan Mathews is expected to return after missing the first two games with a broken collarbone.

CHIEFS: Running back Jamaal Charles dinged up the same knee that needed reconstructive surgery last season during Sunday's 35-17 loss at Buffalo. Charles tore his left ACL in Week 2 of 2011.

EAGLES: Center Jason Kelce is out at least four weeks with a torn right knee ligament, and could face season-ending surgery.

GIANTS: An MRI exam showed guard/tackle David Diehl hurt the MCL in his right knee against the Bucs; his status was unknown.

JAGUARS: Coach Mike Mularkey said he expects quarterback Blaine Gabbert to play Sunday at Indianapolis. Gabbert injured a glute muscle in Sunday's loss to Houston. Tests revealed no significant damage.

JETS: Coach Rex Ryan said he's unsure if star cornerback Darrelle Revis (concussion) will play next week at Miami. Revis missed Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh.

PATRIOTS: Coach Bill Belichick says he doesn't know how long tight end Aaron Hernandez will be out with a right ankle injury. ESPN.com reported that Hernandez would likely not return until at least October.

RAMS: Offensive tackle Rodger Saffold will be out at least a month with a right knee injury.

REDSKINS: Two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker are out for the season with injuries. Coach Mike Shanahan said Orakpo suffered another tear of the pectoral muscle near his left shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Rams. Orakpo had surgery on the same shoulder after last season. Carriker tore the quad tendon at the base of his right knee.

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