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Source: NFL tells ref actions against Barnett 'over the line'

Updated: December 26, 2007, 8:45 PM ET
By Chris Mortensen | ESPN

Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Barnett will file a grievance against an NFL official for aggressively grabbing him around the neck and pulling him to the ground during Sunday's game against the Bears at Soldier Field, according to his agent.

Meanwhile, league sources tell ESPN that the official in question, umpire Jim Quirk, has been told he went "over the line" in restraining Barnett. A source said that NFL officiating director Mike Pereira warned Quirk by telephone that he ...

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