Faking injuries has always been one of the great conspiracies of football, only it's not a conspiracy anymore because someone has now gone on the record saying it happens and that person is former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
During a segment on Fox Sports 1, Urlacher was talking with former NFL VP of officiating Mike Pereira about the subject of faking injuries. During the segment Urlacher admitted that while he was in Chicago, the Bears faked injuries to slow down fast-paced offenses.
"We used to have a thing, our coach would go like this," Urlacher said, simulating a dive down signal. "We had guy who was a 'designated dive guy,' so when the coach would go like that, he'd get 'hurt.' He'd be the guy who would fake an injury."
Not only did the Bears fake injuries, they pre-planned their fake injuries, "We don't coach it, it was just part of our game plan," Urlacher said.
Bears tight end Martellus Bennett -- who signed with Chicago in March and never played with Urlacher -- agrees with the retired linebacker.
"Every team does that," Bennett said of faking injuries, via the Chicago Sun-Times. "Sometimes, it's just like when you're boxing. You get hit too many times, and you wanna hold him up against the ropes."
Defensive players faking injuries might be a real problem, but there's not much officials on the field can do about it. There's currently no rule on the books forbidding players from faking injuries -- and that's mainly because it's impossible for an official to know if a player is actually faking an injury.
You can see Urlacher's complete segment below.
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