ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Lorenzo Alexander is hoping the NFL will change his fumble recovery against the Minnesota Vikings into an interception.
The veteran, jack of all trades was in an opportunistic position as Perry Riley knocked Adrian Peterson into Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder causing the ball to pop loose.
Alexander caught the ball in the air and the play was initially ruled an interception, but quickly changed to a fumble.
The linebacker says his agent has filed an appeal with the league to have the call reverted back to its original ruling. A successful appeal would mean Alexander would officially have the first interception of his six-year career.
Although the ball never hit the ground before Alexander caught it, NFL rules state a quarterback’s arm must be moving forward in order for there to be an interception.
“I actually looked at it and I think his arm was going forward, so I’m going to give it a shot and see what happens with it,” Alexander said on 4th & Pain. “It definitely doesn’t happen too often when you have a chance to have an interception in your career.”
Teammate Adam Carriker, who co-hosts the show, says he also thought Ponder’s arm was coming forward as the ball came loose.
Neither player is particularly optimist about the chances the league will agree with Alexander. Carriker has appealed in the past without success.
Alexander was awarded an authentic WWE Title as the 4th & Pain Champion for Week 6. In addition to the fumble recover, Alexander notched 1.5 sacks against the Vikings.
4th & Pain airs daily online and Sunday at 8 a.m. on 106.7 The Fan.