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Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:01 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2011 12:09 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

On Monday night, the Rams got pummeled pretty bad in New York (28-16, though it didn't feel that close). But the Giants weren't rolling the entire game. In fact, early in the first quarter, Josh McDaniels put the pedal to the floor and had the Rams running a no-huddle offense that absolutely gassed out the Giants defenders.

The result was, as you can see above, what appears to be a classic case of faking an injury to stop the clock. Now, I don't want to sound like a jerk and call out Deon Grant and Jacquian Williams ... but I will anyway, and I won't be the first person, especially considering that Jon Gruden was practically mocking them in the booth on Monday.

As he should have -- Grant and Williams looked like bowling pins as they hit the ground at the exact same time in a blatant attempt to slow Sam Bradford's march down the field.

This is a problem because, well, there's not much that officials on the field can do. The NFL certainly can't order referees to start flagging people they think are faking injuries. That goes against every single aspect of player safety that the league touts in today's game.

And faking injuries to slow down the pace of the game and/or halt momentum isn't something new either; it's been happening for a long time and in almost every sport, in case you forgot how Ghana managed to burn through clock against the US in the most recent World Cup. As Michael David Smith notes at Pro Football Talk, the NFL has a catch-all rule for "palpably unfair acts" but the league won't use that on faking injuries.

But the league should do something, and it wouldn't be hard to hit Williams and Grant with a fine, either.

"However, if a player demonstration constitutes taunting or unsportsmanlike conduct, or delays a game, a foul will be called, and a fine will be assessed," the NFL's memo to players and coaches regarding league discipline reads.

That passage is technically designed to cover excessive celebration penalties, but clearly the language therein ("delays a game") gives the league some wiggle room with which to fine anyone who fakes an injury in order to slow down the other team.

Now the league just needs to exercise that power.

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Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2011 7:56 am

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

I agree it took Patriots Drew Bledsoe weeks to come back from same type of injury.

Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 2:58 am

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

Any person with some intelligence would see that the difference between Romo and the Giant defenders is that they were just standing around waiting for the Rams offense to approach the line of scrimmage, when they decided to mysteriously drop, while Romo actually got blindsided, and receive a blow to the ribs....I don't know how fake that can be....You could tell that Romo was having difficulty breathing when he decided to come back. That was a selfless and gutsy call on Romo's behalf to want to return to win it for his team.

Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 2:46 am

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

Players get fined for doing anything that goes outside the rules....this is one breaking of the rules. It was so obvious that these defensive players have been trained to fake injuries in order to stay even with the opposing offense in case of a mismatch. That should be flagged as a sportsmanlike conduct penalty. If it had been one player falling, that'd be credible, but two simulatneously, and one decides to get up once he sees his teammate fall to the ground....bogus!

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 11:10 pm

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

Just start having the team use their timeouts if people can't get off the field after X injuries. Yea, a little harsh, but injuries are also a result of poor conditioning too. Reward the well conditioned teams.

Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:58 pm

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

have them be forced to sit the rest of the series... if hes really hurt or cramping he shouldnt come bak till the next series anyways

Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 9:32 pm

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

You bet.  How unprofessional.  Those players cannot deal with the opponents offense, so the ploy is to cheat?  It also appeared pre-meditated.  Ruins the game for the fan for sure.  NFL commish should:

Require team doctor to issue medical opinion of that players injury in writing
Letter should include diagnosis of injury
Is relapse likely

Doctor subject to having ethics violation with medical profession for falsifying, if they should choose to lie about the incident.

Players should then be fined significantly to ensure others don't do it!

Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:56 pm

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

At the very least a penalty should be inforced if a player fakes an injury.  I also feel that the players immediate coach should be fined at a later date and that the player who faked the injury needs to be ejected for the remainder of that game and possible suspention of up coming games.

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 5:56 pm

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

Hard to distinguish cause if a player really is hurt you would not wanna see a team penalised for a real injury, but much like diving in Hocky if it is a blatent attempt to stall when it is a no huddle, it should be a forced use of time out regardless, no time out left personal foul 15 yards and 1st down, defencive delay of game
my .02 cents. 

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:35 pm

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

Problem is how do you prove there faking?  I think Tony Romo was faking.  Yeah, yeah , I heard the reports, but how many people with puntured lungs and cracked ribs do you know that can finish a ball game?

Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:25 pm

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

I think it's American.  finding a loop hole to get ut of responsibililty lol.  All kidding  aside everyone has made some great points, but it is a lot harder to regulate than you would think.  I dont have to strong of an opinion of whether its wrong or right, because as of right now there are no rules against it.  In the event that a rule is implemented it would be really tough to enforce for a couple reasons.  What about the common cramp that has happened to every football player who has attempted this game at every level, shold he have to stay off the field for a series?  I don't think that is fair.  Also, I am sick and tired of football fining players ten grand WHO CARES?  The players sure dont they are MILLIONAIRES.  Finning doesnt deter much.  I think the only thing to do is take it on the chin, and come to grips that it's part of the game and comes down to the integrity of the defensive player whether or not this rul is abused or not.  Other than that it wasws refreshing to see the Giants have a decent second half wasnt Giant fans!  WooHoo

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