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Report: Carl Cheffers set to work as referee for Patriots-Jets

09.10.13 at 5:54 pm ET

Carl Cheffers is set to work Thursday’s Patriots-Jets game, according to our pals at

Cheffers, a native of Southern California who worked in the Pac-10 and WAC before becoming an NFL official, has been a fairly regular presence for New England games over the years — he’s worked 13 Patriots games since 2001, with six appearances as a referee and seven as a side judge. His first game in that stretch? He was the side judge for the Sept. 23, 2001 game in Foxboro between the Jets and Patriots — the contest where New York linebacker Mo Lewis knocked Drew Bledsoe sideways and opened the door for Tom Brady to take over as the starting quarterback.

He gained a small measure of infamy a few years ago for botching a call in a Texans-Cowboys game:

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