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If not for the obvious missed call in the NFC Championship Game Alvin Kamara Jersey , the NFL would not have added instant replay for pass interference. But it happened, and they have.The NFL is holding its annual officiating clinic in Plano, Texas, this weekend, and expanded replay was all the talk in the media session with Al Riveron, the NFL’s senior vice president of officiating. Riveron said the only feedback he has gotten from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or the Competition Committee on expanding replay to include offensive and defensive pass interference is: “Let’s get it right.”“We understand the play that elevated and got us to where we are today. Yes and no,” Riveron said. “When I say yes and no, this is the topic that’s been talked about now for the last five, six, seven years. The Competition Committee and ownership is constantly looking at ways to get better. We have discussed replay before as it pertains to other situations — pass interference, holding, personal fouls. But we do understand a play of this magnitude elevated us to the point where we are today. But again Marcus Davenport Jersey White , it’s not new. This has been in discussions for awhile, and again, and I said, ‘Let’s get it right,’ and it’s all about getting it right. Our officials are very, very good. However, we always need to get better, want to get better, because we owe it to the game and if this is going to get us there, and it will, then that’s what it’s all about.”Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman‘s hit on then-Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis late in the NFC Championship Game didn’t draw a flag, prompting outrage and eventually expanded replay for 2019.Riveron said expanded replay changes nothing for on-field officials. They will call interference as they always have. It does add another layer for booth replay officials in the final two minutes of each half Marshon Lattimore Jersey White , and Riveron now will have to make decisions on what some see as a subjective play. “Replay starts with the ruling on the field,” Riveron said. “Unless we have clear and obvious visual evidence to change that ruling then we stay with the ruling on the field. This will be no different. It will be no different from a receiver stepping out of bounds. It will be no different from the ball hitting the ground on an attempted catch. This is the same. Replay starts with the ruling on the field and then clear and obvious visual evidence.”Clear and obvious might prove to be harder than it sounds, with everyone having an opinion on what pass interference is. Pass interference isn’t always as obvious as Robey-Coleman’s was (to everyone except the officials who missed the call). METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are closer to getting back their second-highest-paid offensive player as they try to rebound from a first loss in more than two months — and lock down a playoff berth.Starting left tackle Terron Armstead returned to practice Wednesday, marking his first time in pads since his pectoral injury at Cincinnati in Week 10. The injury cost Armstead three games, including New Orleans’ loss last Thursday night in Dallas, when the Cowboys’ defensive line consistently pressured quarterback Drew Brees and limited the Saints’ ground game to 65 yards — the fewest since Week 2.“He’s a difference maker for sure and big confidence when he’s there on the left side,” Brees said of Armstead, who has been a starter since late in his rookie season in 2013, but who also has been beset by various injuries much of his career.Armstead, listed as “limited” on the club’s practice report Wednesday, said his recovery has been “going pretty well” and that he might be ready to play Sunday against Tampa Bay.“Time away https://www.thesaintslockerroom.com/authentic-drew-brees-jersey , that’s never great. You get in a rhythm so much with your guys up front — my technique, my timing — so that will be a learning curve and adjustment,” Armstead said, adding he at least hopes the rest of his body benefited from recent rest as high-stakes games approach.“I’ve been battling injuries for a long time, so definitely hard to find positives in an injury for me,” Armstead said. “But just thinking of it … my body definitely has some things, some bumps and bruises, and I took the time and benefited off of it for sure. But I would much rather have been playing.”Right guard Larry Warford said Armstead’s return to practice was good for morale, even if it’s not yet clear when he’ll be ready.“I’m just happy that it seems that he’s making progress,” Warford said. “He’s one of the best, if not the best, left tackle in the league. Unfortunately Womens Marshon Lattimore Jersey , he’s had injuries hinder him throughout his career.”The Saints would win the NFC South with one more victory, or a loss by Carolina, who New Orleans plays twice in the final three weeks of the regular season. Whether the Saints remain in contention for one of the coveted top two seeds in the conference and receive a first-round bye, depends on how they respond to their first loss since Week 1.In New Orleans’ locker room, players predicted that the 13-10 loss in Dallas, which halted a 10-game winning streak, was more likely a brief stumble than the beginning of a slump.“Sometimes you have to lose a battle to win the war and you learn a lot from something like that,” Brees said. “I just think we had a bad day. You turn on the film and it’s glaringly obvious where we failed and we have to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”On New Orleans’ defense, confidence is surging after a seven-sack, two-takeaway performance in Dallas that also marked the fourth straight game holding an opponent to 17 or fewer points.Against the Cowboys, the Saints’ normally prolific offense was the unit which struggled most. But since offense-minded coach Sean Payton and Brees joined forces in New Orleans in 2006, that side of the ball rarely has stagnated for more than a rare game.Brees said the opportunity to clinch the NFC South for the second straight year is “significant Alvin Kamara Jersey White ,” and would be a “first step” toward more lofty postseason goals. He said the Saints’ commanding four-game lead in the division with four games left speaks to the quality of football they played during their winning streak, when they became the only team to beat the Los Angeles Rams and won several other games by wide margins.“That was a great run. We gained a ton of confidence, a ton of momentum,” Brees said. “We had a ton of guys step up and play really well — guys that we’re going to need down the stretch.“We really established an identity for ourselves as an offense and a defense,” Brees added. “We know how to play winning football.”NOTES: Saints leading receiver Michael Thomas did not practice Wednesday and his ankle was cited as the reason on the club’s injury report. However, he was present at practice and the Saints regularly err on the side of resting top-performing veterans when they have soreness, particularly early in the week. … In addition to Armstead, DT David Onyemata (hip) and right tackle Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) were listed as limited in practice. … Fullback Zach Line, who left the game in Dallas with a concussion, was able to practice fully.