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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Programming note: Dirty Laundry

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by’s Kevin Seifert

As noted earlier this week, I want to break down the tripping penalty that wiped away a Minnesota touchdown in Sunday’s 27-17 loss at Pittsburgh. Vikings coach Brad Childress vehemently protested the call against tight end Jeff Dugan, saying Dugan executed a textbook cut-block against Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

To give you the most complete picture possible, I’m going to delay our usual Wednesday afternoon posting. As Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune noted, we are going to hear this evening from Mike Pereira, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, on the NFL Network.

I’ve got the DVR set, and I think it’s important to incorporate Pereira’s comments -- assuming he addresses the call. In either event, look for the bulk of Dirty Laundry to publish Thursday morning. The NFL rulebook doesn't give us much guidance here. Here how it defines the penalty: "Tripping is the use of the leg or foot in obstructing any opponent (including a runner)."

For now, please review this week’s updated Challenge Tracker:

NFC North Challenge Tracker
Team Coach Challenge Overturned Success rate
Chicago Lovie Smith 5 1 20.0
Detroit Jim Schwartz 2 0 --
Green Bay Mike McCarthy 4 1 25.0
Minnesota Brad Childress 5 2 40.0
Source: NFL