There are replay decisions that cost a team dearly, but those usually only focus on the field. Not this time, with Ed Hochuli’s decision to overturn an 80-yard touchdown run by Packers running back Ryan Grant during Sunday’s victory over the Lions costing Grant a total of $1.35 million, keeping him from hitting two big contract incentives: one escalator for breaking 1,250 yards on the season and another for finishing as one of the league’s top-five rushers.
According to MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL, Hochuli’s overturning was the correct call, and we’re not qualified to debate that. What we are qualified to say is that A) Grant shouldn’t have been led to think he had a shot at a touchdown in the first place, and B) The league may have more explaining to do about whether an official actually told him he wasn’t down and that he should keep running.
To Grant’s credit, he responded to missing the incentives with utter class and perspective.
“Yeah, that’s the way the ball bounces,” Grant said. “I told (running backs coach Edgar Bennett), ‘If we were playing in your day, that’s a touchdown. No replay.’”
Now? There’s replay and a big bite in the wallet for Grant.