The Herald Bulletin

Midday Update

Colts

December 9, 2013

Official looked in wrong place

CINCINNATI — Did he or didn’t he?

Was Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis stopped on fourth down short of the end zone or did he make to the end zone without being touched?

The Indianapolis Colts, many of their supporters and a large number of long-time National Football League observers say no.

They are steadfast in their belief that Colts second-year nose tackle Josh Chapman had grabbed Green-Ellis’ ankle from behind on the play, forcing the former Indiana University standout to lose his balance and eventually came up short of the end zone.

No one disputes the fact that Green-Ellis eventually wound up past the goal line. Those who support Indianapolis’ position, though, contend that he was down before that happened.

Since the play occurred in the final two minutes of a half, it was automatically reviewed by the officiating crew that was headed by referee Jeff Triplette.

At the time, the review was considered a technicality. Cincinnati’s defense and the Colts’ offense were already on the field.

But Triplette surprised everyone when he reversed the call and signaled a touchdown.

The Twittersphere exploded. Everybody had an opinion. And most, if not all, disagreed with the call. Even former National Football League supervisor of officials Mike Pereira, now an analyst for Fox Sports, thought that it was the wrong call.

After the game, a pool reporter asked Triplett to explain his decision.

“There was a discussion about whether the runner was touched down at the goal line or not. When we reviewed the video at the goal line, there was nobody touching him there. And then he bounced into the end zone,” the veteran game official said.

But what about CBS Sports’ game broadcast replays that showed Chapman grabbing Green-Ellis’ foot, which caused him to stumble.

Text Only
Colts
  • SPT-HB0731-ColtsCamp-LuckWatch-045.jpg Colts Quick Hits: Thursday, July 31

    Notes, news and fun facts from Colts Training Camp at Anderson University.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0726 - Thomas - Colts Camp day two 252 Colts Camp Update: Pagano confirms Colts OL Thomas out for season again

    Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano confirmed Thursday morning that guard Donald Thomas reinjured his right quad and will have season-ending surgery.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0731 - Colts Camp - Kelly - 332 Kelley leaving Colts after 29 years One of the few remaining links to the early days of the Indianapolis Colts is leaving the team after today following 29 years of service.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts Camp 2014: Day 6

    The Colts returned to training camp practice at Anderson University on Wednesday and injuries were the hot topic on everyone's mind.

    July 30, 2014

  • SPT - HB0731 - Colts Camp - Werner - 319 Werner's progress evident at Colts Camp

    Bjoern Werner's rookie training camp was rather quiet. The German-born outside linebacker went through individual drills and worked hard in full-team sessions, but he was overwhelmed by all the new information he was processing. And it was holding him back. When the season started, Werner was further set back by a foot injury that cost him three games, and he finished the year with just 2.5 sacks. Then the former Florida State star went to work.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • HB0724 _ Teverbaugh mug Rick Teverbaugh: Some folks can't be replaced There were a lot of possible topics as I decided what would lead the list of things that would move me enough to compose today's column.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0731 - Colts Corner - HB Colts Notes: Thomas, Hilton hurt in Wednesday's practice After a physical practice Wednesday afternoon at Anderson University, the Indianapolis Colts are hoping they have not lost another starter. Left guard Donald Thomas hit the ground following an 11-on-11 running drill and was visibly upset when he finally was helped to his feet. He threw his mouthguard away in anger and attempted to walk off the injury with trainers away from the rest of his teammates.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0731 - Colts Camp - Fleener - 206 Colts focusing on situational improvement One year ago, the focus in Indianapolis Colts training camp was on turnovers. The team had committed far too many in 2012 and was determined not to repeat its mistakes. The theme at Anderson University carried over to the field, and the Colts' 14 turnovers were the fewest in the NFL last year.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Colts Camp Day 6: Midday Update

    Herald Bulletin sports reporter George Bremer checks in from training camp, saying a fond farewell to a longtime Colts employee and updating fans on when they might see some of the injured Colts back on the field.

    July 30, 2014

  • Colts Camp update: Will injured players return?

    Cornerback Vontae Davis and safety LaRon Landry have yet to participate in a training camp practice, and running back Trent Richardson has missed four straight after running through drills on opening day. Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano doesn't want to rush any of those players back onto the field. But he made it clear Wednesday morning at Anderson University that he hopes to see them back soon.

    July 30, 2014

Colts Video
Twitter Updates
Reader Photos From Camp


Share your camp photos with us.

Colts Camp Webcast Archive