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Sunday, October 12, 2008
Refs might need another pep talk


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Referee Peter Morelli and crew missed a critical call early in the Cowboys-Cardinals game, ruling Tony Romo down even though Darnell Dockett clearly forced a fumble deep in Dallas territory.

The play was not subject to review, but the league will hear about it if the Cowboys win a close game. Arizona appeared to recover the non-fumble, but the Cowboys kept the ball and backed up the Cardinals with a 61-yard punt. A short time later, officials missed a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cardinals receiver Steve Breaston.

Might be time for commissioner Roger Goodell to give his officials another pep talk.