The Lockout Ends! 10 Worst NFL Referee Calls of 2012

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The Lockout Ends! 10 Worst NFL Referee Calls of 2012

The lockout has ended, but not before there were some miserable calls made this season. We're counting down the worst of 2012—and hoping that the bad flags stop here.

2. Darrius Heyward-Bey suffers scary hit that goes unflagged

There were several big and (arguably) illegal hits that went unflagged in the first three weeks (including shots to Ben Roethlisberger, Fred Davis and Greg Jennings), but when it comes to one definitive, and rather appalling, non-call of the early season, the helmet-to-helmet assault on Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey stands alone. Trying to link up with Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer in the end zone, Heyward-Bay got rocked by Steelers safety Ryan Mundy, actually getting struck in the facemask so hard that he lost consciousness before ever hitting the ground. Heyward-Bey remained on the ground for 11 minutes before being strapped to a gurney, and despite a referee standing right over the play, no flag was thrown. Instead, the referee correctly determined that what he witnessed was an incomplete pass. Can’t fault him on getting one thing right, but this play supports the theory that player safety is at risk while the scabs are calling the shots.

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