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Official in Seahawks-Cardinals game had Seahawks ties

Patrick Peterson,  Daryl Washington, Jeff Sadorus

Arizona Cardinals’ Daryl Washington (58) and teammate Patrick Peterson argues with field judge Jeff Sadorus during the second half in an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 20-16.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


Lost in Sunday’s report regarding the league’s decision to pull a Saints fan/replacement official from Sunday’s game between the Saints and the Panthers is the fact that the league didn’t pull an official from Week One’s Seahawks-Cardinals game who has more tangible ties to one of the teams involved.

According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, Jeff Sadorus worked as a field judge for the September 9 game between Seattle and Arizona, even though Sadorus has officiated Seahawks practice for three years -- getting paid by the Seahawks for doing so.

Breer’s ultimate employer -- the NFL -- declined comment. But the fact that either Sadorus didn’t disclose the connection or he did and the NFL didn’t see a problem with it should be cause for concern.