NFL notebook: League calls reversal judgment call
By The Associated Press
Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 7:36 p.m.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano isn't looking for an apology over Jeff Triplette's latest officiating controversy.
One day after the ref reversed a call on fourth-and-goal, giving the Bengals a touchdown at the end of the first half instead of the Colts a stop, Pagano said he's still waiting to hear from the NFL.
Triplette made the change after he said the replay showed BenJarvus Green-Ellis was not touched after he stumbled to the ground short of the goal line — even though it appeared Colts nose tackle Josh Chapman tripped up Green-Ellis in the backfield. Green-Ellis then bounced into the end zone.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello explains in an email to The Associated Press that it was a “judgment call.”
The debate comes one week after the NFL said Triplette's crew made a mistake in the Giants-Redskins game.
Redskins may sit RGIII
Mike Shanahan still is the coach of the Redskins, but Robert Griffin III might not be the starting quarterback this week.
Shanahan said Monday that he was thinking about sitting Griffin for the rest of the season because of concern that the quarterback could be injured.
Shanahan pointed out Griffin has been sacked 24 times in five games, and that two of the Redskins' three remaining games will be played on artificial turf, including Sunday at Atlanta.
It's a change of pace of Shanahan's previous stance that Griffin needed as many game snaps as possible to improve.
Shanahan no longer spoke as if it's a given that he'll be coaching the Redskins next season. He said owner Dan Snyder will make that decision at the end of the season.
Gronkowski back on IR
The Patriots have placed tight end Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve with a damaged right knee.
Gronkowski was hurt midway through the third quarter of the Patriots' 27-26 win over the Browns when he was hit on the right knee by safety T.J. Ward after a 21-yard reception.
Gronkowski, a Woodland Hills product, missed the first six games this season after forearm and back surgeries. In the next six games, he led all NFL tight ends with 37 catches and 560 yards receiving.
Vikings owner loses appeal for privacy
A New Jersey appeals court has refused to hear arguments by Vikings owner Zygi Wilf that his family's net worth should be kept private.
The Wilfs have long kept their finances private even as the family won public subsidies to build a new stadium for their NFL franchise.
But an order that the Wilfs disclose their fortune stems from a lawsuit brought against them by former partners in a 1980s real estate project.
A judge found in September that the Wilfs had defrauded the ex-partners and ordered them to pay $84.5 million in damages.
The appeals court allowed their net worth to remain sealed until a final judgment is issued in the lawsuit.
Around the league
Wes Welker is unlikely to suit up for Denver's game Thursday against San Diego after leaving Sunday's win over Tennessee with his second concussion in four games. Coach John Fox didn't rule out his receiver, but said Welker's health is the top priority and he would go through the standard NFL protocol for concussions. ... Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie has a concussion and his status for the team's game against the Panthers on Sunday is uncertain. Cromartie was injured in the Jets' 37-27 win over the Raiders. It was uncertain exactly when Cromartie was hurt. ... An MRI shows Panthers' backup running back Jonathan Stewart tore the MCL in his right knee in Sunday night's 31-13 loss to New Orleans.
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