A replacement official has been replaced for Sunday's Saints-Panthers game. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
The NFL replaced a replacement ref for Sunday's game between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers because he had pictures on Facebook, including a few of him tailgating at a Saints preseason game in August, that led the league to believe he is unfit to officiate the game, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen:
A league executive conceded, at the very least, "an appearance of impropriety" warranted Sunday's action.
Brian Stropolo was assigned to the game as a sideline judge. The league wasn't made aware until Sunday morning that Stropolo is a Saints fan.
After working a Week 1 game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, Stropolo posted to his Facebook page, "Thanks to everyone for all the support. The crew did a great job tonight. Next stop September 16th at Carolina vs the Saints."