With the NFL imposing a one-game suspension on umpire Roy Ellison for verbally abusing Redskins tackle Trent Williams, the question becomes whether Ellison has the ability to appeal the punishment.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Ellison has appeal rights under the labor deal that applies to NFL officials.
That said, there has been no indication that Ellison will be inclined to pursue those rights. Given that the officials’ labor deal gives Commissioner Roger Goodell the ability to resolve the appeal, Ellison could conclude that he’s wasting his time.
Peter King of TheMMQB.com reported during NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk that umpire Rich Hall will replace Ellison. Hall is the umpire on Ed Hochuli’s crew, which is off this week.