NFL Notes: Umpire suspended for profanity

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NFL Notes: Umpire suspended for profanity
November 22, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Roy Ellison was suspended one game for profanity directed at Redskins LT Trent Williams on Sunday. (USA Today Images)

ASHBURN, Va. -- An NFL game official was suspended Friday for one game without pay for making "a profane and derogatory statement" to a Washington Redskins player, an incident that has led to a call for NFL players to stop using the N-word on the field and in the locker room.

The league announced Friday that umpire Roy Ellison will not work an NFL game this weekend as punishment for words directed at left tackle Trent Williams late in the second quarter of the Redskins' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Williams said he was called vulgar names - although not the N-word - by Ellison and did nothing to provoke it. A replay from the second quarter shows Ellison gesturing at Williams while walking backward just before a snap, with Williams, quarterback Robert Griffin III and tight end Niles Paul turning to look back at the umpire. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was among those who supported Williams, saying: "You just can't use that type of language to get your point across."

But John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, said his organization spoke to game officials who said that Ellison was responding after Williams directed the N-word at Ellison. Both Williams and Ellison are African-American. The incident, coming in the wake of allegations involving racially charged texts alleged sent by Richie Incognito to a Miami Dolphins teammate, led the alliance to issue a statement imploring all NFL players to stop using the racial slur (see full story).

Dolphins: Incognito meets with NFL investigator
DAVIE, Fla. -- Multiple media outlets are reporting that suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito has met with NFL special investigator Ted Wells for a second consecutive day to discuss the team's bullying scandal.

WTVJ-TV in South Florida videotaped Incognito arriving at the Dolphins' complex for the meeting Friday accompanied by four other people, including the team's security chief.

On Thursday, Incognito agreed to postpone his grievance hearing challenging the suspension until Wells completes his investigation. In a statement, Incognito said he would cooperate fully with a goal of rejoining the Dolphins (see full story).

Broncos: Welker probable to face Patriots
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Five days after leaving a game with a concussion, Broncos receiver Wes Welker was cleared for full practice Friday and listed as probable for Denver's game against New England.

"If you had the `Definitely will go' category, he'd probably be on there, too," Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio said.

Welker has passed NFL-mandated tests that have allowed him to gradually work his way back into practice with the Broncos. He was out Wednesday, limited Thursday and full Friday.

"First and foremost, we want to make sure we've done the right thing by the player and he's safe to return," Del Rio said. "Obviously, we'd like to have our better players available and he's one of them."

Broncos tight end Julius Thomas was limited and listed as questionable.

Cowboys: Lee, Durant out against Giants
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas linebackers Sean Lee and Justin Durant are out for Sunday's game at the New York Giants with hamstring injuries.

Rookie linebacker DeVonte Holloman also was ruled out Friday. He was a possibility to fill part of the void without Lee and Durant, but instead will miss his fifth straight game with a neck injury.

All the other Cowboys on the injury report are listed as probable.

Receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) and rookie safety J.J. Wilcox (knee) missed three games. Morris Claiborne was out two games with a hamstring injury.

Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher missed the loss to New Orleans before last week's bye with a neck issue. Defensive end DeMarcus Ware aggravated a thigh injury against the Saints after missing three games.