Union backs ac­cused ref­eree

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - As­so­ci­ated press

The NFL Ref­er­ees Assn. is ques­tion­ing why the league isn’t fo­cus­ing more at­ten­tion on Bills de­fen­sive end Jerry Hughes for threat­en­ing um­pire Roy El­li­son fol­low­ing Buf­falo’s game at Mi­ami.

El­li­son has been placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave while the NFL in­ves­ti­gates Hughes’ ac­cu­sa­tion that El­li­son called him a vul­gar name dur­ing the game.

In a state­ment re­leased Wed­nes­day, NFLRA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Scott Green says the as­so­ci­a­tion ex­pects the NFL’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion to clear El­li­son while turn­ing the fo­cus on Hughes.

Green says Hughes has a his­tory of be­ing flagged for per­sonal mis­con­duct and ar­gu­ing with of­fi­cials.

“While we are dis­ap­pointed that the NFL has yet to ad­dress that as­pect of the in­ci­dent, we look for­ward to work­ing with the league dur­ing its re­view, and will en­sure that Roy’s rights are pro­tected dur­ing this process,” Green said.

Philbin to as­sume play-call­ing du­ties

In­terim coach Joe Philbin is as­sum­ing play­call­ing du­ties for the Green Bay Pack­ers. It’s a job he hasn’t had in 20 years since he was a col­lege as­sis­tant coach.

Philbin took over af­ter Mike McCarthy was fired this week. Philbin is the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and heav­ily in­volved in of­fen­sive plan­ning and script­ing plays.

Who’s ready?

New York Jets’ Sam Darnold was a full par­tic­i­pant at prac­tice, putting him on track to start for the New York Jets at Buf­falo against the Bills on Sun­day. The rookie quar­ter­back has missed the last three games with a strained right foot. Coach Todd Bowles said that it was too early in the week to say for sure if Darnold will start . ... Carolina Pan­thers’ Cam New­ton in­sisted he’ll be ready to play quar­ter­back this week against the Cleve­land Browns de­spite lin­ger­ing sore­ness in his throw­ing shoul­der. His coach Ron Rivera wasn’t as cer­tain. More than 20 months af­ter hav­ing surgery to re­pair a par­tially torn ro­ta­tor cuff, New­ton is still ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­com­fort . ... NFL in­ter­cep­tion leader Xavien Howard is nurs­ing a knee in­jury, leav­ing his avail­abil­ity un­cer­tain for the Mi­ami Dol­phins on Sun­day against New Eng­land

Trans­ac­tions

The Wash­ing­ton Red­skins placed cor­ner­back Quin­ton Dun­bar, re­ceiver Trey Quinn and guard Jonathan Cooper on in­jured re­serve. Also added to the IR: New York Gi­ants safety Lan­don Collins (par­tially torn labrum); Carolina Pan­thers tight end Greg Olsen (rup­tured plan­tar fas­cia); Detroit Lions line­backer Jalen Reeves-May­bin (neck in­jury); Den­ver Bron­cos wide re­ceiver Em­manuel San­ders (left Achilles’ ten­don tear); and Ari­zona Car­di­nals left tackle D.J. Humphries (knee in­jury). Sign­ings: Gi­ants wide re­ceiver Mose Fra­zier; Red­skins quar­ter­back Josh John­son, cen­ter Demetrius Rhaney, guard Zac Kerin and de­fen­sive end Mar­cus Smith; the Lions pro­moted de­fen­sive end Eric Lee from the prac­tice squad; and the Bron­cos claimed re­ceiver An­dre Holmes off waivers from Buf­falo.

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