Dec 1, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; A general view of a referees hat on the filed during a game between the Buffalo Bills and the Atlanta Falcons at the Rogers Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Referee has to leave game, takes a seat on Detroit Lions bench (GIF)


When a football game is going on, it’s not just the football players who are at risk of injury during the game. As we saw on Monday night, referees are in the line of fire constantly and while they do a good job of staying out of the way for the most part, they can’t always escape danger. That was the case inside Ford Field during the first half of the Lions-Ravens game on ESPN.

The referee in question had to take a break from the action after being shaken up during playnad decided that he needed to sit down to catch his breath and collect himself. The spot he chose was the Detroit Lions bench and he was plopped smack dab in the middle of a bunch of guys much bigger than he is.

It was an interesting and slightly comical scene, knowing now that the referee was alright. Maybe the Lions players were able to sweet talk him into giving them some calls later in the game with the opportunity they were given.

Only time will tell.

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