Days after he missed an obvious call in a Chargers-Browns game, NFL official Hugo Cruz is out of a job.
According to FootballZebras.com, Cruz's firing marks the first time in the modern era that an official has been fired in the middle of a season. A source told the site, which is dedicated to news and discussions about NFL officiating, that Cruz was struggling to maintain "a very high level of performance over a sustained period."
Cruz made a mistake in the Oct. 14 game in Cleveland when, working as a down judge, he missed a false start on the Chargers' Russell Okung.
The missed call came on a play that should have been called dead. Instead, quarterback Philip Rivers threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Tyrell Williams. The Chargers won, 38-14.
ESPN reports that the details around the NFL's decision — with the exception of the missed false-start call — are unclear.
FootballZebras said it's rare for officials to be fired, and in the last decade only two have been dismissed, one because of an off–field issue.