Official in Ravens-Broncos game still hospitalized after taking hit

AP

Line judge Gary Arthur wasn’t able to finish yesterday’s Ravens-Broncos game after taking a hard shot during a punt in the first quarter.

And it doesn’t sound like he’s going to be working any time soon, either.

A league source tells PFT that Arthur remains hospitalized in Denver, and suffered nine broken ribs and a collapsed lung in the collision.

That’s far worse than the broken collarbone which was reported during the CBS broadcast, and underscores the danger these guys are in while trying to direct traffic among 22 players destined for a high-speed collision on every play.

23 responses to “Official in Ravens-Broncos game still hospitalized after taking hit

  1. Get well, ref! Another reason the NFL needs to make these guys full-time employees. Now, he’s going to be missing his regular job.

  2. I think we all wish Gary a full and quick recovery. I don’t care which laundry we root for, nobody wants to see someone hurt like this.

    Get well soon and get back on the field.

    Oh, and it might be time for the refs to start wearing a bit of protection. A shirt and baseball cap isn’t quite doing it. Not full football gear, but just something light to disperse the energy of hits.

  3. I had 9 broken when while stopped on the freeway due to traffic congestion on a motorcycle, I was rear ended by an SUV. Both lungs punctured by flying bone bone fragments, sending me into cardiac arrest. The impact also obliterated my lumbar and severed my spinal cord among various other internal injuries. Some say it’s a miracle I survived. I reply saying, suffering from intense pain 24/7 isn’t worth it.

  4. Oh, and it might be time for the refs to start wearing a bit of protection. A shirt and baseball cap isn’t quite doing it. Not full football gear, but just something light to disperse the energy of hits.

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    Agreed. Nothing overboard, but I’m not shocked that someone without any protection gets injured like this. At least the refs in hockey get helmets

  5. Someone brought up a good point about the chaos on the sidelines. It’s amazing more players and on-field spectators aren’t injured during the course of a game. How many people need to be on the field anyway?

    Wishing a speedy recovery to the official. Broken ribs are no fun … but neither is a broken collarbone.

  6. Sadly I expect the NFL will wait until next offseason to consider referee protection. They’ll have to do mobility studies, fatigue studies, poll the owners, consult with the refs union, and figure out how to make fans pay for it.

    Get well dude. You can make it back for the post season. If this was Hochuli would he be just as busted up?

  7. The sad thing was, he was actually ON the white when he got nailed, If I recall correctly. I remember when they were getting him to sit up, he had the while stuck to parts of his face.

  8. Tough dude, and tougher situation he’s in. In all honesty the refs should have started wearing pads 50 years ago. NFL needs to get with it.

  9. Since it was such a big, devastating hit, at least we can rule out any Ravens player as the one who delivered the blow.

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