Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams made physical contact with an official during the fourth quarter of Thursday's game against the Detroit Lions but contended afterward that it was not intentional.
Williams said back judge Dino Paganelli was in his path as he left the field after the Lions scored a touchdown with 13:06 left in Detroit's 40-10 victory.
"It was a total misunderstanding," Williams said. "A guy walked right in front of me when I was walking off the field, kind of brushed me, not really paying attention to who it is and I knocked the guy's hand off me.
"It was an emotional game. It wasn't anything behind it at all."
The exchange started when Lions running back Joique Bell scored to make it 33-10. Williams said a Lions lineman gave him a shoulder while he was celebrating.
Paganelli came in from the back of the end zone to intervene. He put his left arm on Williams's abdomen. When Williams used his right hand to remove Paganelli's hand, the ref stumbled before turning around and throwing a flag.
"I don't know if he was trying to hold me or what or graze me, and I just knocked the guy's arm off me because I was already frustrated," Williams said. "It was just an emotional thing."