NFL news roundup: Update on Trent Williams' referee situation, NFL injuries

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The referee who allegedly swore are Trent Williams could be in some trouble.

The Carolina Panthers hung on for a late victory against the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, stealing the attention of the NFL world in what was likely the game of the year to this point.

The win moves the Panthers into contention for the NFC South division lead and creates an interesting race for the No. 2 seed in the AFC. Beyond the wild game, here are some other news items from Monday you may have missed.

Mike Iupati likely to miss Week 12

San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati sprained his MCL against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday and is unlikely to play against the Redskins in Week 12. The 49ers have already lost two straight games, so losing Iupati, one of the team's best offensive linemen, is a major blow going forward.

Referee who swore at Trent Williams has done it before

The referee accused of swearing at Washington tackle Trent Williams during a game between Washington and Philadelphia on Sunday has reportedly been accused of similar behavior before. In the other incidents, the NFL was not able to prove misconduct, but some of Washington's offensive linemen were mic'd up during the game this weekend, so the league may be able to confirm the incident. If so, a suspension is likely coming for the umpire, Roy Ellison.

Thomas Howard died in a car accident on Monday

Thomas Howard, a linebacker who played for the Bengals, Falcons and Raiders, was killed in a car accident on Monday. He was just 30 years old. Howard was with the Raiders for eight seasons. He signed with the Falcons before the 2013 season but was cut.

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