Sunday, October 8
Tape shows Jags' Beasley hit by flag

NEW YORK -- The NFL referee whose flag hit Cleveland's Orlando Brown in the eye last season threw a flag that accidentally struck a Jacksonville player in the helmet, a CBS tape shows.

The network, which broadcast the tape Sunday, showed Jeff Triplette throwing the flag, weighted with sand. It hit Jaguars cornerback Aaron Beasley from about 15 yards away during a game against Pittsburgh a week ago.

Last year, a flag -- weighted by BBs -- thrown by Triplette hit Brown, an offensive lineman in the eye. Brown subsequently pushed Triplette and was suspended.

However, the suspension was lifted after Brown's eye injury did not heal. He was released by the Browns this year after being placed on the physically unable to perform list.

During the offseason, the NFL cautioned officials to be careful when throwing flags.