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NFL Week 5 Live: Holding penalties rise over first quarter of season

The season starts its second quarter and, if there's one thing we've seen plenty of, it's holding. Penalties for offensive holding are up 23 percent through four games, Mark Maske writes, and don't get me started on the penalties that should be called on the guys who are playing against Brian Orakpo.

The reason behind the increase is the move of the umpire, made for his safety.

"I don't think there's any question that moving the umpire is causing that number to go up," Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay, co-chairman of the NFL's competition committee, told Maske. "We anticipated that. I think we even put that in our report, that the number of holding calls was likely to go up until the players adjusted. . . . We've given the umpire an unobstructed view that he didn't have before. Some things that potentially were not being seen before are being seen now."

Let's see what Week 5 brings...You can see your tweets here or, if you're Redskins centric, use #RatetheRedskins. After the Redskins-Packers game, join me for a chat.

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By Cindy Boren  | October 10, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
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