Jan 29, 2015 3:03 PM

Carroll on Patriots' tactics: Refs to use hand signal for ineligible receiver

The Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says the referees will use hand signals to indicate clearly when normally eligible receivers check in the Super Bowl as ineligible, a technique the Patriots have used in the postseason.

Carroll spoke Thursday about conversations he had with league officials after Seattle and New England reached the Super Bowl to get an understanding how those players would be identified.

The practice, which is particularly confusing for defenders when an eligible receiver reports as ineligible to catch a pass.

Carroll said the referees in the Super Bowl will have hand signals to clarify players' eligibility. A normally eligible receiver reporting ineligible will be identified by being pointed at and the referee waving his arms like for an incomplete pass.

Although Carroll said the signals were new, league officials said referees have been using the signals, including in the AFC championship game.

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