Cole­man gets hefty fine for hit

Cited for hel­met con­tact on Pa­tri­ots’ Burk­head

The Buffalo News - - FOOTBALL -

Los An­ge­les Rams cor­ner­back Nick­ell Robey-Cole­man has been smacked with a hefty fine for a hit in a sec­ond straight play­off game.

Robey-Cole­man was fined $26,739 by the NFL for a hel­met-to-hel­met hit on a prone New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots run­ning back Rex Burk­head in the first quar­ter of Su­per Bowl LIII, ac­cord­ing to NFL Net­work’s Tom Pelis­sero. The Pa­tri­ots won 13-3.

The hit drew a 15-yard penalty, un­like the play in the NFC cham­pi­onship game that saw him fined the same amount two weeks ear­lier.

The con­tro­ver­sial non-call was a ma­jor fac­tor in the Rams’ 26-23 over­time vic­tory that earned the team a Su­per Bowl berth.

New Or­leans had the ball on the Los An­ge­les 13-yard line with un­der two min­utes to play when quar­ter­back Drew Brees threw a third-down pass to­ward Tom­mylee Lewis near the right side­line. Robey-Cole­man came over and smashed Lewis with a vi­cious hit just be­fore the ball ar­rived.

Robey-Cole­man has ap­pealed the first fine, but it’s un­clear whether he’ll chal­lenge the sec­ond.

Bengals hire Sin­gle­ton

The Cincin­nati Bengals have hired Je­mal Sin­gle­ton as their new run­ning backs coach, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports, giv­ing the team two new as­sis­tant coaches who were re­cently lured over from the Oak­land Raiders.

The Bengals hired for­mer Raiders quar­ter­backs coach Brian Cal­la­han on Thurs­day as their new of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

Sin­gle­ton was a run­ning backs coach with the Raiders for one sea­son. He was pre­vi­ously the In­di­anapo­lis Colts’ run­ning backs coach from 2016-17. Prior to coach­ing in the NFL, he served as an as­sis­tant at Arkansas, Ok­la­homa State and Air Force, where he spent nine sea­sons be­fore de­part­ing af­ter the 2010 sea­son.

Sin­gle­ton is a for­mer run­ning back at Air Force, where he gained 941 yards and four touch­downs over three sea­sons (1996-98).

Long­time ref Cash­ion dies

Long­time NFL ref­eree Red Cash­ion, known for his en­thu­si­as­tic “First down!” calls, died Sun­day morn­ing at age 87, a Texas news­pa­per re­ported.

Cash­ion’s fam­ily con­firmed his pass­ing to the Bryan-Col­lege Sta­tion Ea­gle.

Pop­u­lar with the fans and re­spected by coaches and play­ers, Cash­ion of­fi­ci­ated for 25 sea­sons in the NFL (1972-96) and was the ref­eree in Su­per Bowl XX and Su­per Bowl XXX.

Cash­ion be­gan his of­fi­ci­at­ing ca­reer in 1952 while still a stu­dent at Texas A&M. He worked in the high school and col­lege ranks for 20 years be­fore join­ing the NFL as a line judge. Four years later, in 1976, he was pro­moted to ref­eree.

Af­ter his re­tire­ment in 1996, he went on to train NFL of­fi­cials for another 15 years.

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