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Tennessee Punter kicks into HD Screen over Cowboys stadium

Dallas owner Jerry Jones must be a fan of Football Follies. From ESPN-

The Tennessee Titans felt they exposed a major flaw in Cowboys Stadium during the first football game played in the building when reserve punter A.J. Trapasso hit the gigantic HD screen that hangs over the field.

But after a 30-10 Dallas win, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he doesn’t think it is an issue. The NFL signed off on the 160-foot long, 90-foot high video board, Jones said, and he does not plan to alter it.

After Trapasso’s punt with 8:07 on the clock in the third quarter Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher threw his red challenge flag and talked to referee Walt Anderson before fourth down was replayed.

“It’s an issue, yeah,” said Fisher, who serves as co-chairmen of the NFL’s competition committee. “I’m sure the Cowboys or the league will tell you, I shouldn’t have to throw a flag out there because [the officiating crew] didn’t see the ball hit the scoreboard. Now, it’s not necessarily their responsibility. Once a fair catch signal is given, then there are no eyes on the ball anymore. So they don’t see it. So something has to get worked out. It can become a problem.”

Said Jones after his team’s debut in the $1.2 billion stadium: “You don’t need to move it. You gotta be trying to do it. The rule is very clear. You just kick it over.”

No Jerry, something needs to be done about the screen. Kickers were hitting the damn thing during practice.

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