A person with directly knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press that the NFL did not give officials a directive to emphasize roughing-the-passer penalties following Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion, but the topic will be discussed next week when NFL owners meet in New York.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the conversations are internal.
The person said the league isn’t planning to make any rule changes amid outrage over two disputed calls in Week 5.
One was on Sunday late in the game between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
I've seen a lot of #NFL football in my life, but someone is going to have to explain this roughing the passer call in the @AtlantaFalcons / @Buccaneers game. I'm not sure I've seen anything quite like this pic.twitter.com/YvmekNYxG2
— Scott Pioli (@scottpioli51) October 9, 2022
The other happened Monday night between the Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs.
What in the holy Tom Brady world of evil, a Chiefs sack fumble on Derek Carr overturned because refs call a “roughing the passer”!
— Dr. Lös Real Polyamorous Tantric Sex Guru (@LosRealAli) October 11, 2022
Roughing-the-passer penalties are down 45% from this point last year.
Through Week 5 in 2021, 51 were called. Only 28 have been called this season, according to league stats.
Central Oregon Daily News contributed to this report.