NFL Memo: Fake Injuries May Draw Fines, Suspensions, Loss Of Draft Picks

The NFL won't punish the Giants for seemingly faking injuries on Monday, but future offenders may be subject to fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks, according to a report.

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NFL Warns Fake Injuries May Be Punished With Fines, Suspensions Or Loss Of Draft Picks, According To Report

The Giants will not be punished for two players appearing to fake injuries on Monday night, but that doesn't mean the NFL will turn a blind eye to egregiously suspect injuries in the future. The NFL sent each of its teams a memo, obtained by the NFL Network's Rich Eisen, warning of punishments "could include fines of coaches, players, and clubs, suspensions or forfeiture of draft choices" if the league is able to determine that a player had faked an injury. 

On Monday, Giants players Deon Grant and Jacquian Williams flopped to the ground following a play in the first quarter, successfully interrupting the Rams' no-huddle offense. Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo told reporters Tuesday that he intended to complain to the league.

The NFL does not list a specific penalty for faking injuries in its rule book, but it is discouraged. In the memo, the NFL reminded teams of Rule 4 (Game Timing), Section 5, Article 4, which states:

"The Competition Committee deprecates feigning injuries, with subsequent withdrawal, to obtain a timeout without penalty. Coaches are urged to cooperate in discouraging this practice."

According to the memo, the NFL doesn't intend to modify the rules but will police the issue on a case-by-case basis:

The Competition Committee has reviewed this issue several times, but has been reluctant to propose a specific rule, since assessing a charged timeout for every injury timeout would deprive a team of timeouts for strategic purposes. It also could encourage injured players to remain in the game at risk to themselves to avoid incurring a charged team timeout. To avoid the necessity of a rule with many unattractive qualities, teams are strongly urged to cooperate with this policy. We have been fortunate that teams and players have consistently complied with the spirit of the rule over the years and this has not been an issue for the NFL. We are determined to take all necessary steps to ensure that it does not become an issue.

Going forward, be advised that should the league office determine that there is reasonable cause, all those suspected of being involved in faking injuries will be summoned promptly to this office in New York to discuss the matter. Those found to be violators will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action for conduct detrimental to the game. Discipline could include fines of coaches, players, and clubs, suspensions or forfeiture of draft choices.

Will the NFL's warning stop players from faking injuries in the future? Perhaps in the short-term, but it's an issue nearly impossible to police -- especially considering the only way a team can get in trouble is by a player admitting guilt. 


No Discipline From NFL For Giants Fake Injuries

New York Giants safety Deon Grant will not be disciplined by the NFL for faking an injury in the first quarter of his team’s Monday Night Football game with the St. Louis Rams, according to the New York Daily News.

Head coach Tom Coughlin said yesterday that he believed Grant to be injured on the play. That was all it took for the NFL to overlook Grant’s dive, as league policy states that a player cannot be punished for faking an injury unless there is an admission of guilt.

Grant and Jacquian Williams both hit the ground after an eight-yard run by Cadillac Williams put the Rams at the Giants seven-yard line. The ploy gave the Giants defense a little breather, and the Rams settled for a field goal after two incomplete passes.

Rams QB Sam Bradford told the press that he heard a player say “someone go down.” The Giants had been unable to make substitutions or get their defense lined up on the play.

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Giants Players Fake Injuries Against Rams On Monday Night Football

The New York Giants beat Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football and they were aided in doing so with an long-time tactic -- faking injuries.

With Bradford and the Rams marching down the field with a no-huddle offense in the first quarter, a couple of Giants players -- Deon Grant and Jacquian Williams -- clearly flopped on the field, faking injuries, in order to stop the clock.

Here's the video, where it's pretty obvious:

The Rams appeared to be en route to a touchdown but when the Giants went down they were able to get the right personnel on the field and held the Rams to a field goal. The final score was 28-16 so an extra four points would have made it a one-score game. 

As Pro Football Talk points out, the league is in a tough place during the game because they can't reasonably ask the refs to determine whether a player is faking an injury. The league can look over what happened and determine their own punishment if they do determine that, indeed, the Giants faked injuries. 

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