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Thursday, December 10, 2009
NFC West penalty watch: 'Tru' to form

By Mike Sando

Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant leads the NFL in pass-interference penalties despite playing in only six of 12 games this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.


What did you think of the call against him during the 49ers game?

Six of Trufan'ts eight penalties this season were for pass interference. No other NFL player has more than four this season (the Rams' Ron Bartell is one of five players with four). Even if a few of those calls were debatable, it's clear Trufant has needed time to get comfortable following his return from a back injury. A little help from the Seattle pass rush would also help ease his transition.

Some officiating crews might call interference more closely than others. Walt Coleman's crew has called 18 of them this season. Carl Cheffers' crew has called four.

Referee Al Riveron worked the 49ers-Seahawks game in Week 13. His crew has called 11 penalties for pass interference this season, not far off of the league average (9.1).