New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - NFL official Roy Ellison was suspended one game without pay by the league on Friday for making profane remarks to Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams during last week's game between the Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.
Ellison was found to have made a derogatory statement to Williams while working as the umpire for the Redskins' 24-16 loss to Philadelphia this past Sunday. NFL.com reported Friday that Ellison had been previously accused of confronting and swearing at players, which violates the league's collective bargaining agreement with the Referees Association.
Rich Hall, normally part of referee Ed Hochuli's crew, will take Ellison's place on Walt Coleman's group for this week's set of games. Hall had been scheduled to have the weekend off.
Ellison's suspension is the first of an on-field official since Jack Fette was reprimanded for conduct towards the fans during a game between Seattle and Cincinnati in 1984.