Report: NFL to admit ineligible receiver call on Monday was wrong
The Ravens took issue with several officiating decisions during Monday night’s loss to the Cardinals and the NFL will reportedly admit that the officials were wrong in one of those cases.
Ed Werder of ESPN reports that the league “will acknowledge” that referee Ronald Torbert erred when he penalized the Ravens for using an illegal formation in the first quarter of the game. On the play in question, Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel checked into the game as an eligible receiver, signaled to Torbert that he was an eligible receiver and then caught a pass from Joe Flacco that was wiped out due to the penalty.
Replays made it clear that Urschel made the proper signal, but coach John Harbaugh said after the game that Torbert told him he never saw Urschel despite looking in that direction when the lineman checked into the game.
Werder also reports that the league did not find an error on the play that saw Cardinals running back Chris Johnson run for a long gain after it appeared his forward progress was stopped because it was a judgment call.
While the call was wrong, Torbert will not be disciplined as a result because it was “determined not to be critical” to the final score of the game. The NFL suspended one official and shifted another away from a prime time game in recent weeks after other blunders that had more bearing on the outcomes.