Clayton Fejedelem forgot to look where he was going. The Dolphins defensive back was too excited about the interception Xavien Howard had just made. He had to join his teammates in sprinting toward the camera beyond the end zone to celebrate.
A game official paid the price. Fejedelem ran over down judge Tripp Sutter, who was positioned behind the play. Sutter’s hat flew off, and the collision forced the official to leave the field for evaluation.
The contact occurred after Broncos quarterback Drew Lock was intercepted on a pass over the middle intended for Tim Patrick. Howard returned the pick 10 yards before being brought down, hopping back up and heading off to celebrate.
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Sutter is in his second season as an NFL official, having served as a line judge in 2019 before moving to down judge in 2020. Football Zebras tweeted that the remaining six officials would switch to “crew-of-six mechanics” to call the game.
Fejedelem, who did the trampling, is in his fifth NFL season out of Illinois. He spent his first four seasons with the Bengals before joining the Dolphins in the offseason.
The stampede quickly went viral on Twitter during Sunday’s Week 11.
Only the dolphins can catch an interception & step on the ref face 😂😂😂
— Jah Jah (@JAHrule_) November 22, 2020
So far in this Broncos-Dolphins game we’ve had a turnover caravan take out a ref and a turnover caravan negated by penalty. Conclusion: turnover caravans are dumb
— Nate Kreckman (@NateKreckman) November 22, 2020