The league had mentioned Friday that Whitehead ought to have been penalized for putting Mayfield within the aspect of the helmet throughout Sunday’s 26-23 time beyond regulation win for Tampa Bay.
Mayfield was sliding on the finish of a 35-yard scramble when he acquired hit by Whitehead, who was initially penalized earlier than the officers conferred and determined to choose up the flag — and one in opposition to Mayfield for taunting.
First-year referee Shawn Hochuli made the scenario worse by incorrectly asserting Mayfield “was nonetheless a runner and due to this fact is allowed to be hit within the head.”
“No phrases,” Mayfield mentioned later within the week about Hochuli’s announcement. “Truthfully, no phrases. … I assumed that is why they put the rule in.”
Whitehead can enchantment to have the advantageous decreased because it practically equals a whole sport test. Any participant can have a advantageous decreased whether it is for greater than 25 p.c of his weekly pay.
Info from ESPN’s Jenna Laine and Wealthy Cimini and The Related Press was used on this report.