Former NFL referee Mike Carey's often-maligned run with CBS's broadcasts apparently has come to an end.
Carey will not be retained as the network's rules analyst for this season, media reports said. Carey was a referee for 24 seasons before joining CBS before the 2014 season. After reviewing his past two years of work, the network opted to go in a different direction for 2016, the reports said.
CBS will likely not bring in another ex-referee but instead pursue NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino as a possible solution, the New York Daily News reported.
The decision comes after a season in which Carey faced public backlash to his incorrect analyses. Most notably, Carey twice drew the ire of social media during the postseason after wrongly predicting booth review outcomes in the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl.
In speaking with USA Today ahead of Super Bowl 50, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said Carey's role was often a gray area for viewers. Carey's hard-line predictions of call outcomes opened him up for criticism and made him a divisive television personality, McManus said.
"A lot of these calls are judgment calls. Mike has perhaps gone out on a limb more than he should in trying to guess or speculate what a call will be, but all he is giving is his opinion of what he would call if he were on the field," McManus said. "And if it's a different result, I think people get frustrated. But I think people would understand that Mike is only giving his opinion."
Ravens: The comeback of second-year wide receiver Breshad Perriman has apparently taken another significant detour. The team's No. 1 draft pick out of UCF in 2015, who missed his rookie season with a partially torn right-knee ligament, hurt his left leg during the last practice at the recently concluded organized team activities, the Baltimore Sun reported Saturday. Perriman had an MRI exam and might have a torn meniscus, the Sun said. Perriman was scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery Monday to determine the extent of the injury.