NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Here’s a replacement official wrinkle I hadn’t thought about.
A pass that’s actually incomplete is initially ruled a fumble on the field. As a defender makes a big return, an offensive player is hurt making a tackle.
And while the play is overturned and ruled an incomplete pass, that offensive player is knocked from the game.
That’s what happened at LP Field in the fourth quarter, when Jake Locker hurt his left, non-throwing shoulder while bringing down safety Patrick Chung on a fumble recovery that, in effect, never happened.
Nate Washington, the receiver who didn’t hold on to the ball, suffered a leg contusion and was knocked out. That was unavoidable no matter the call.
Matt Hasselbeck replaced Locker, who should have never been in position to be hurt if the officials got the call right.
Not to say regular officials would have nailed it.
Locker’s been fitted with a sling, but he doesn’t look like he’s coming back in.