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NFL says Duke Johnson fumble ruled correctly, “nothing definitive” to overturn

Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson (29) is tackled by Washington Redskins defensive back Su'a Cravens (36) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Browns thought that running back Duke Johnson had recovered his own fumble with a little under 10 minutes left at midfield, but the officials ruled that Redskins linebacker Will Compton recovered it.

The ruling that Compton recovered survived a replay review. Several Browns players and coach Hue Jackson protested, but the NFL said after the game “with nothing definitive shown” on several replay angles, there was no evidence to overturn the call.

After taking a 20-17 lead, the Browns turned the ball over on their next three possessions.

The Redskins went three and out and punted after Compton’s recovery, but Josh Norman then intercepted Cody Kessler to set up the Matt Jones touchdown run that provided the final points in a 31-20 win.

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21 Responses to “NFL says Duke Johnson fumble ruled correctly, “nothing definitive” to overturn”
  1. realkelevra says: Oct 2, 2016 6:43 PM

    It was in Johnsons hand during the scrum and before the official said Washington had recovered!!!!

    I guess I got a little overzealous with my PFT criticism for not even bringing to light it was obvious Johnson haD the ball in his hand well before a possession call in Washington’s favor occurred.

  2. carloswlassiter says: Oct 2, 2016 6:43 PM

    Has Cleveland ever gotten a break? I can’t recall one.

  3. ballboy48 says: Oct 2, 2016 6:46 PM

    This call was a joke…We were watching this game, and he literally had the ball while the Redskin players were scrumming on the ground. The NFL should be ashamed at this call..

  4. jclark6528 says: Oct 2, 2016 6:56 PM

    He stood up with the ball while the Redskins players were trying to (and were awarded) the phantom ball on the ground…….hilarious. He was standing up holding it while the officials were saying that Washington was laying on top of it…..I guess they were mistaking it for a pile of grass.

  5. konspikuous says: Oct 2, 2016 7:28 PM

    He lost the ball. The Skins recovered. The whistle blew. Refs signaled Skin’s ball…then, Johnson got the ball.

    Don’t know what anyone here is complaining about. You got 4 timeouts in the 2nd half.

  6. delta7x1 says: Oct 2, 2016 7:36 PM

    Not a Browns fan but saw the replay. The refs have become a joke. Not just that call, but lots of questionable calls today in all the games I saw. Johnson clearly had the ball in his hand while the call was made.

  7. golions1 says: Oct 2, 2016 7:51 PM

    Like the NBA, the NFL is an entertainment organization, not a sports league.

  8. Ramasez says: Oct 2, 2016 7:52 PM

    This is the same crew that were protecting the fans from Josh Norman’s invisible arrows.

  9. spunjmunke says: Oct 2, 2016 8:22 PM

    The refs are a joke. The ONLY reason this wasn’t overturned or scrutinized is because the woman ref the league protects is the one who blew the call.

  10. nbooat says: Oct 2, 2016 8:32 PM

    WWE refs are have more competence/integrity…How come these calls never happen to Pitt, Den, GB, NE, Dal..? Profit sharing = these teams need to be compensated/appeased for sharing $$ with smaller market teams

  11. dlr4skins says: Oct 2, 2016 8:46 PM

    I don’t think that bush league Pryor at QB stuff helped your cause. The Browns can’t get out of their own way.

  12. jclark6528 says: Oct 2, 2016 9:20 PM

    I don’t think that bush league Pryor at QB stuff helped your cause. The Browns can’t get out of their own way.
    ———————
    Yeah….that single snap he took at QB and the single carry on that snap sealed the game.

  13. somepeopleneedtogetalife says: Oct 2, 2016 9:42 PM

    Uh oh watch out Football fans.

    Whenever the Refs screw something up the NFL creates a distraction to get the focus off the horrible officiating.

    Is Jonny manziel available? Can he do something stupid to knock this story off the back pages?

  14. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Oct 2, 2016 9:49 PM

    Well, I don’t know about you all, but I hate a blatant liar. The NFL is getting really skeevy about their bad calls and then upholding them under review, when it is completely obvious to the rational majority that the wrong call was made. May as well get rid of replay, so that you don’t have to look like lying-game fixers twice on one play.

  15. autumnwind999 says: Oct 2, 2016 9:55 PM

    This was just a ludicrous call. Reminds me of the kind of stuff the league would routinely pull against the Raiders when Al was alive.
    Appears this was just gross incompetence. If they corrected it upon review it might be forgivable. Still bad but not quite as shameful.

  16. realkelevra says: Oct 2, 2016 10:05 PM

    He lost the ball. The Skins recovered. The whistle blew. Refs signaled Skin’s ball…then, Johnson got the ball.

    Don’t know what anyone here is complaining about. You got 4 timeouts in the 2nd half.

    ………………………

    How is that even possible? As the official came up to the pile, Johnson was standing with the ball in his hand. They were STILL scrapping for a ball that wasn’t there. I counted 2 seconds before Johnson was up with the ball in hand.
    It was a terrible call, end of story.

  17. demskinsbaby says: Oct 2, 2016 10:44 PM

    The defensive players are saving Joe Barry’s job… By creating turnovers. Those turnovers are guaranteed. So how about we get a DC that has a proven record?

  18. slowclyde86 says: Oct 3, 2016 8:18 AM

    “The defensive players are saving Joe Barry’s job… By creating turnovers. Those turnovers are guaranteed. So how about we get a DC that has a proven record?”

    The refs are saving Joe Barry’s job… By creating turnovers. Those turnovers are guaranteed. So how about we get a Ref that has a proven record?

    Fixed for ya’.

  19. mogogo1 says: Oct 3, 2016 10:01 AM

    She supposedly saw clear possession by the Redskins which would have been darn tough given Johnson immediately jumped up with the ball. And that call of clear possession is only intended for huge scrums where the guy is seen with the ball down before 10 other guys dive onto the pile which didn’t happen here. So not only did she see it wrong she misapplied the rules.

  20. thewanderer says: Oct 3, 2016 2:07 PM

    The NFL HAS to stop defending bad calls. The call is bad enough. Not correcting it on replay is indefensible. Defending it after the fact is laughable.

  21. torebear says: Oct 3, 2016 2:56 PM

    This was an ugly mistake by the NFL. It’s obvious what happened. You would have to be Blandino not to see this.

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