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Cameraman in Rolle collision was in allowable position

Antrel Rolle answers question from the media during

Antrel Rolle answers question from the media during Media Day ahead of Super Bowl XLVI. (Jan. 31, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

A lot of folks have been concerned about Antrel Rolle's knee and whether the camera operator involved in the collision with him was too close to the field. Here's what the NFL says about the rules regarding on-the-field photographers and videographers:

There is a yellow restraining line for photographers that is 12 feet from the sideline (six feet behind the six-foot white border around the field). Photographers have to be behind the 12-foot yellow restraining line, except for the televising network and NFL Films cameras, which can be in a three-foot zone in front of the other photographers

That area closer to the field was where the cameraman who Rolle ran into -- identified as "Vince" on the NFL Network broadcast -- was stationed. He was working for NFL Network, which was broadcasting the game. He may have had some parts of his feet over the line, but for the most part Vincent seemed to be in legal position.

Luckily for everyone, neither Rolle nor Vince was injured too badly, at least as of last night. Rolle had a bloody knee in the post-game locker room but said he didn't feel like he would miss any time due to the collision.

“I was trying to jump over the camera,” Rolle said. “I guess I wasn’t as successful as I wanted to be."

He even had a little sense of humor about it.

"Out of all the football I’ve played, this is how I get injured," he chuckled. "I guess I have to toughen up a little bit if I get taken out by the camera.”

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