By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer

The NFL has placed official Roy Ellison on administrative leave while it investigates an accusation that he called Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes a vulgar name during Buffalo’s game at Miami on Sunday.

The league confirmed Ellison’s status and the investigation Tuesday but provided no other details.

Shown in this photo collage are Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55), left, and umpire Roy Ellison (81), right. The NFL Referees Association is questioning why the league isn’t focusing more attention on Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes for threatening umpire Roy Ellison following Buffalo’s game at Miami last weekend. Ellison has been placed on administrative leave while the NFL investigates Hughes’ accusation that Ellison called him a vulgar name during the game. In a statement released Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, NFLRA executive director Scott Green says the association expects the NFL’s investigation to clear Ellison while turning the focus on Hughes. (AP Photos/File)

Hughes confronted Ellison in the tunnel near the locker room following Buffalo’s 21-17 loss, and video of the incident shows him accusing the umpire of using a derogatory term. Hughes waved his index finger and shouted “I’ll catch you. I’ll catch you, guaranteed,” before being pulled away by team officials.

Hughes afterward declined to elaborate.

Ellison was suspended in 2013 for making a derogatory statement to Washington tackle Trent Williams during a game.

Bills coach Sean McDermott on Monday said he was leaving the matter in the league’s hands after saying he’s spoken to both the NFL and Hughes.
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AP Sports Writer Steven Wine in Miami contributed to this report.
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