The St. Louis Rams weren’t buying the New York Giants’ off-off-Broadway injury act Monday night and planned to mention that to the NFL.
“That'll go on the list of things we're going to send in,” Rams Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Tuesday, speaking of the lists teams typically submit after games. “I think the league is looking into it. I'll let it run its course from that point of view.”
The NFL has indicated that it isn’t likely to punish the Giants, whose solution to slow down the Rams’ no-huddle offense was for Deon Grant and Jacquian Williams to fake injuries. That doesn’t mean that the NFL won’t instruct officials to watch for it — it’s a fairly common practice — and that a rule revision in the offseason won’t be considered. For the moment, though, only an admission from the Giants or the players would result in a penalty.
“They couldn't get subbed, they couldn't line up,” Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said. “Someone said, ‘Someone go down, someone go down,’ so someone just went down and grabbed a cramp.”
Both players fell to the turf after a play inside the Giants’ 10-yard line. Williams got up, but Grant was attended by trainers, then jogged off the field.
Giants safety Antrel Rolle said he was unaware of any acting, but said faking a cramp would have been “a smart play.” Just speaking hypothetically, you know. “This is the NFL. No one is dumb in this league,” he said.
No. Which is why there should be some form of punishment. Fines aren’t much of a deterrent. How about requiring players to stay out the rest of the series?