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Giants safety Deon Grant on injuries: “I don’t fake nothing”

New York Giants safety Deon Grant took issue with any suggestion that he was faking an injury as a tactic to slow down the St. Louis Rams’ no-huddle offense Monday night.

“I wanna ask a question: From the first time I touched the football field, how many games [have] I [missed]?" he said, via ESPN. “None, right? [Out of 162.] None. Now to this day I got two torn MCLs. I just had wrist surgery two years ago. I had a hole in my labrum and a torn rotator cuff. I [haven't] missed [any] games.”

With the Rams driving inside the Giants’ 10-yard line in the first quarter, Grant went down and was attended by trainers. His collapse, along with that of Jacquian Williams, drew immediate attention from “Monday Night Football” broadcasters, a complaint from the Rams and a reminder by the NFL to teams.

“I went out one play,” Grant said. “I got banged up, and went right back in and finished the game -- [just like I have] every game for my career. My whole thing is when [do] you know [if] somebody [is] faking an injury?”

Grant pointed out that his right knee was larger than his left and said he’d been hurt on the previous play.

“But as I was walking they lined up knowing I couldn't get back into my position because of the injury, so I went down,” Grant said. “It just so happened Jacquain -- he was catching a cramp at the same time -- and he went down.

“I went out [and] came back in. I've been doing that my whole career. But you go and check my medical report. I [have] the injuries to speak for it. Two torn MCLs I never had surgery on. Wrist surgery. Shoulder surgery. Broken hip with a metal plate with screws in it, so I don't fake nothing. How can another person that's not in your body tell you when you're faking an injury?”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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