Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd catches a touchdown pass in the second quarter.

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Report: Bengals-Raiders officiating crew done for playoffs

The officiating crew for Saturday’s Las Vegas Raiders-Cincinnati Bengals AFC wild-card game is not expected to work again this postseason, according to a report from ESPN that cited an unnamed league source.

The crew, led by referee Jerome Boger, fell under scrutiny for a few issues, most notably a whistle that was blown during a play that saw Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow throw a touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd in the back of the end zone late in the second quarter.

The report indicated that the officials, an assembly of members from other regular-season crews, as is customary during the postseason, would not receive high grades for the game.

On the play, Burrow was scrambling and released the football just before he stepped out of bounds. Replay indicated that the whistle, which the officials called inadvertent, came while the ball was in the air and just before Boyd made the catch. The defender closest to Boyd appeared to ease up on the play just before the catch was made.

However, the officiating crew “determined that they had a whistle, but that the whistle for them on the field was blown after the receiver caught the ball,” according to Walt Anderson, the league’s senior vice president of officiating, who spoke to a pool reporter after the game.

The Bengals extended their lead to 20-6 with the score, and held on for a 26-19 win thanks to a goal-line interception of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in the closing seconds.

–Field Level Media

Aug 29, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; NFL umpire Clay Martin (19) walks on the field during the second quarter of the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Atlanta Falcons at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

NFL ref Martin hospitalized with COVID-19

NFL referee Clay Martin has been hospitalized with COVID-19, his family told the Tulsa World on Saturday.

Martin, 45, was originally pulled from officiating the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game on Dec. 21 and was reportedly asymptomatic. He has been in quarantine at his home near Tulsa, Okla., since.

“Our family is very appreciative of all the heartwarming messages that we’re receiving. Clay is receiving medical attention at St. Francis. Our family will continue to find peace in our faith, each other and many, many people who we are blessed to call friends,” Martin’s family said in a statement to the Tulsa World.

Adrian Hill will replace Martin on Sunday, the third game Martin has missed.

Martin has been an NFL official since 2015, serving the past three seasons as referee.

Martin is also a high school basketball coach in the Tulsa suburb of Jenks.

–Field Level Media