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There has been speculation for years that defensive players have been faking injuries in order to slow down the fast paced no-huddle offenses that are now becoming more popular. We may now be seeing the NFL try to do something about the seemingly nonpunishable offense, I mean how can they prove that you weren’t really injured? On Wednesday the NFL sent out a memo to all teams threatening fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks if it is found they were intentionally faking injuries. When several players were asked about the subject they all acknowledged that it is a defensive tactic that buys time for your defense to substitute and get lined up if the offense is running the hurry up. “It’s always been in the game,” Ravens All-Pro safety Ed Reed said. “It’s all tactical stuff you need to use. Whatever it takes…. If you’re tired, you’re tired. You get a break however you can.” Reed wasn’t the only player to comment on the situation. “I’ve been places where it has been (taught),” said Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, a member of the players’ union executive committee. “They have a name for it and I’ve been places where it’s been pre-called. I’ve been places where it’s one player who has been designated. Maybe I’m getting everyone in trouble, but I’m just being honest.”
On Monday night St. Louis Quarterback Sam Bradford said it was blatantly obvious the Giants were faking injuries to slow them down. “They couldn’t get subbed, they couldn’t line up,” Bradford said. “Someone said, ‘Someone go down, someone go down,’ so someone just went down and grabbed a cramp.” This isn’t just at the professional level either, during the LSU vs Oregon game in week 1 when Oregon would start picking up the pace and going no-huddle a defensive player from LSU would get “cramps”. I remember watching that game and telling my wife they were more than likely faking injuries, and just as I said that Head Coach Les Miles was caught on camera winking at #94 Kendrick Adams and just a few plays later Adams was down on the field with “cramps”. The announcers didn’t notice, but thanks to my DVR I reviewed the wink and the injury and it’s conclusive. But what can really be done to stop it? They can’t penalize a team for injuries because the players that are really injured don’t deserve that, and good luck proving that somebody didn’t have a leg cramp. So what’s the answer? Stop giving injury timeouts and charge teams timeouts for injuries? Make a new rule stating that if a player goes down he can’t come back in for 1 quarter? Do away with team trainers and have trainers supplied by the league that can determine if there is an injury or not? Is there a viable solution? I would like to hear your take on this, leave a comment below.
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