NFL to examine replay rule from Lions-Texans game

Penalty for throwing challenge flag in Lions game prompts NFL to review rule

Published On: Nov 23 2012 02:45:57 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 23 2012 02:51:24 PM EST
NEW YORK -

A top NFL executive says the rule that negated using video replay to confirm a Houston touchdown Thursday "may be too harsh" and will be re-examined immediately.

Ray Anderson, the league's director of football operations, says a 15-yard penalty for throwing the challenge flag on a play that is automatically reviewed might be enough.

For now, throwing the challenge flag also eliminates the use of replay; all scoring plays otherwise are reviewed.

Justin Forsett's third-quarter 81-yard run in the Texans' 34-31 overtime victory at Detroit initially was ruled a touchdown, although replays clearly showed his knee and elbow touched the turf when he was hit by Lions defenders. Detroit coach Jim Schwartz challenged, resulting in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.