|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.