Ed Hochuli could be subject to discipline if it is proved that he told Cam Newton he "wasn't old enough" to get a call.
"We would do an investigation, see if anybody was miked in the area, and we've had situations in the past where an official said something inappropriate to a player and we've disciplined them," NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino told the NFL Network on Monday. "So there is a process in place, and we would have to go through that process to see if we could pick up what was actually said."
Blandino said he spoke with Hochuli and that the referee was "adamant" that he did not make that comment.
"He told me that he said, 'The difference is you were running,'" Blandino said. "I think when you look at the tape it does look like Ed did say that ... at one point. You can't see everything that Ed says, but he's adamant he didn't say it and I think that's where we are right now and we're just going to kind of move on from there."