Pool Reporter John McClain Interview with NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating Al Riveron, Sunday, October 4, 2020

Style Magazine Newswire | 10/5/2020, 12:39 p.m.

Question: Can you provide an explanation for why Minnesota safety Harrison Smith was ejected from the game?

Riveron: “The ruling on the field was that of a foul on a defenseless player, and also an ejection. Anytime the officials rule a disqualification on the field, we take a look at it in replay to make sure that it is there. After we looked at it, there was nothing clear and obvious for us to overturn the ruling on the field, therefore the ruling on the field stood.”

Question: On the touchdown pass to Houston wide receiver Will Fuller that got overturned by replay, what is the rule about having possession and the ball still being able to hit the ground?

Riveron: “The ruling on the field was that of a touchdown. When we looked at it, the receiver is going to the ground. And if he is ruled as going to the ground, he must maintain control of the football after hitting the ground. And what he does is, the minute the football touches the ground, he loses control of the football. He does not maintain control. Therefore, we overturned it to an incomplete pass.”