After review, the NFL is throwing another flag on referee Jeff Triplette after all.
Dean Blandino, the league’s vice president of officiating, said in his weekly NFL Network appearance on Tuesday that Triplette was wrong to overturn a key fourth-and-goal stop by the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals built an early 14-o lead over the Colts thanks to a controversial touchdown scored by running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who appeared to get tripped-up and fall down short of the end zone:
The play was initially ruled that Green-Ellis was stopped short on the fourth down play, as it was obvious appeared that Colts defensive tackle Josh Chapman tripped Green-Ellis in the backfield, sending him stumbling to the ground.
But after a long review, referee Jeff Triplette revered the call and gave the Bengals the score.
“No, it wasn’t a correct call. I’ll start with that,” Blandino said. “There was not enough evidence to overturn the ruling on the field.”
It’s the second public reprimand in the past two weeks for Triplette, whom Blandino said in a statement last week was wrong not to stop the game on the Washington Redskins’ final drive in a Dec. 1 loss to the New York Giants when first-down signal was incorrectly signaled.