Advertisement
Baltimore Ravens

Ref who erred in Ravens-Cardinals game to work playoffs

NEW YORK — Ronald Torbert, at the center of an incorrect penalty call in an October game between the Ravens and Cardinals, will work the Chiefs-Texans wildcard game Saturday.

Torbert, in his second season as a referee and sixth year as an NFL official, did not recognize Ravens guard John Urschel signaling he was lining up as an eligible player in a Monday night game Baltimore lost 26-18 at Arizona. The Ravens were flagged for an illegal formation, and the league's officiating vice president, Dean Blandino, later said Torbert was distracted while correcting the number of a penalized player on the previous play.

Advertisement

(That game was one reason Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil said the Ravens were "taken advantage of" by officials this season.)

But Torbert's work the rest of the season was strong enough for the NFL to include him for postseason assignments. Playoff officials are chosen based on a ratings system for the regular season.

Advertisement

Other referees this weekend are John Parry (Steelers-Bengals), Walt Coleman (Seahawks-Vikings), and Gene Steratore (Packers-Redskins).


Advertisement