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NFL admits Marshall’s hit on Newton was legal

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GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers is sacked by cornerback Richard Marshall #31 of the Arizona Cardinals during the first quarter of the NFL season opening game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was looking for clarification earlier this week. Why exactly was cornerback Richard Marshall’s hit on Cam Newton a roughing the passer penalty?

It turns out it wasn’t illegal. The league admitted that the game official made an error, according to Marshall.

“NFL looked at my hit on cam newton from Sundays game and said it was legal. Happy to say I’m not getting fined, thanks,” Marshall tweeted.

Newton’s day wouldn’t have looked quite as spectacular if not for the error. The penalty wiped out an interception. A few plays later, Newton found Steve Smith for an 89-yard touchdown.