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Reggie Bush says Saints had fake injury play

Posted on: September 24, 2011 10:32 pm
Bush: the Giants looked "real bush league" on the fake injury play during MNF. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The biggest story of Week 2 didn't emerge until Monday night, specifically the moment when Giants safety defensive back Deon Grant (allegedly) faked an injury to slow down the Rams' no-huddle offense.

In the ensuing days, Grant defended himself, inexplicably, Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell did not, and plenty of folks have come forward to share their thoughts on what it means to pretend to be hurt.

Next up: Reggie Bush, who admitted that the Saints had a such a play in their playbook (via the Miami Herald): 

“We actually had that before in New Orleans,” Bush said, referring to the fake injury play. “It’s just one of those things when you get those hurry-up offensive teams. I mean, it’s legal. They haven’t made any rules yet to say it’s not legal.

“... For the most part you’re supposed to have a designated guy for that. It’s not supposed to be four or five guys falling on the ground at the same time. Obviously that looks real bush league.”

Faking injuries: everybody's doing it

Remember all the mock outrage in the days and weeks following the Patriots Spygate scandal? And then we found out that, to varying degrees, almost every NFL team taped opponents' signals? Sounds like faking injuries isn't much different.

Don't misunderstand, New England was rightly punished for Spygate. But it's not like they were the only team with a video recorder pointed at the opponent's sideline. And, as Bush mentioned above, the Giants had guys going down like there were snipers in the stands. The takeaway: moderation is the key to avoiding detection and ultimately, league sanctions.

Either way, we're with Ed Reed on the whole faking injuries phenomenon.

“I don’t know if they were pretending, man,” Reed said earlier this week. “Sometimes guys get tired. But it’s all within the game. It’s all tactical stuff that you need to use. Whatever it takes.”

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Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 1:53 am

Reggie Bush says Saints had fake injury play

Reggie shut your mouth you rat.

Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2011 12:51 am

Reggie Bush says Saints had fake injury play

Well Reggie Bush did damage in college and now he wants to do damage in pro ball...maybe he should keep his mouth shut and just contribute to the team he is with and leave his old team wonder Kim didn't want him anymore...he is a punk squeling on his old team.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 24, 2011 11:54 pm

Reggie Bush says Saints had fake injury play

  I am really tired of the "cry baby" sh-t!  If he did fake it, and it worked, congrats to him.  Anyone in sports from pee-wee league to the NFL does what ever it takes to win the game.  I was tought in little league baseball how to try and steal signs, if no one did there would be no need to give signs.  If your not trying to take advantage of every possible way to win, you are not trying hard enough.  When I heard about "spygate", my first thought was that it sucked they got caught.  When I heard the other crap I wondered why the hell all the other teams were not doing it.  Wake up world, if you are not trying to cheat, you are'nt trying hard enough! 

Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 10:39 pm

Reggie Bush says Saints had fake injury play

Congratulations Reg, your stock just sank lower than your average yard per carry. I'm sure every team has a "fake injury" play.

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