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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: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:05 am
 

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?




Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 8:49 am
 

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Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 12:54 am
 

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

In this case, they should have a 'rollover' timeout effect, meaning take timeouts from a team in the case of an injury throughout the game. If you're out of timeouts in the first half, and player goes down, take one timeout from the three you have in the second half. The team then starts the 3rd quarter with only two timeouts.


Easy fix. 



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

You're asking the wrong question. SHOULD THE COACHES BE FINED FOR THE PLAYERS FAKING INJURIES? The answer is yes and $25,000 for the first, $35,000 for the second and one month's pay for the third.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

Since it is nearly impossible to objectively determine if an injury is faked, I think that an injured player should sit out the entire series while a doctor ensures his safety
I was thinking along the same lines -- make the "injured" player sit out for more than just one play, either 2, 3 or until the next non-injury timeout, change of possession..something like that.  After all, player safety is all the rage so if you are too hurt to jump up and get in the play then we need to realy take our time on the sideline to make sure you have "recovered" from your injury.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

If they took away a timeout, if they had one, or an un-sportsman like conduct penalty, it may deter somewhat. If it later is shown it was a fake for sure, fine the coach and team severely and it may cease. Are there degrees of "cheating" in the NFL? NE got burned for cheating. Why not the NY Giants? If the penalties for the crime are sufficient it may make them think twice. Teams and coaches don't receive the severity of penalties relative to the reason for the penalty that players do. Or any for that matter.



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 11:07 am
 

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

Since it is nearly impossible to objectively determine if an injury is faked, I think that an injured player should sit out the entire series while a doctor ensures his safety.  If he is injured, then his safety is paramount, and if he is faking, then he hurts his team by not being allowed to re-enter the game until the series is completed.  Best of both worlds.



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2011 8:05 am
 

Should the NFL fine players who fake injuries?

I also agree that if a player is hurt they need to sit out that entire series, check with trainer and or physician at game if player is able to return at all. I understand that this is a physical game and players do get hurt but the obvious player who sits down because of a cramp or is tired just isn't right. Maybe baseball has it right, your hurt and come out of game you can not return.


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