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Old 03-21-2010   #1
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The NFL will permanently reposition umpires to the offensive backfield beginning with the upcoming 2010 season, in a move designed to protect its most vulnerable on-field officials, the league confirmed Sunday at the annual owners meetings.
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I'm surprised those poor umpires were given pads and helmets as many times as they are run over......something that many of us don't notice because we're so busy following the ball.
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I'm surprised those poor umpires were given pads and helmets as many times as they are run over......something that many of us don't notice because we're so busy following the ball.
No doubt. Those guys take a pounding back there. I imagine the majority of those guys were linemen or LB's back in their day.
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If you did not read the full article, here is the main reason the umpire will now be in the backfield.

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Pereira said umpires -- who traditionally have been positioned on the defensive side, 4 or 5 yards from the line of scrimmage, just behind the linebackers and between the tackles -- were knocked down by players more than 100 times in 2009. Two umpires suffered concussions and three needed surgeries for knee or shoulder injuries.
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