It’s bad enough that the Dallas Cowboys forced six turnovers against the New York Giants on Sunday September 8. After the big NFC East win, CBSsports.com reported a story that the Cowboys believe the Giants were faking injuries to slow down the no huddle offense.
This isn’t just the players saying it either. Jerry Jones said that the Giants seemed to have been exaggerating injuries. In a quote via ESPN Dallas, Jones stated, "No, it was so obvious it was funny. It wasn't humorous because we really wanted the advantage, and knew we could get it if we could get the ball snapped."
It should be noted that one of the players faking an injury was Dan Connor, who suffered a neck injury and missed the rest of the game. That’s where the fine line is drawn. It’s obvious that Dan Connor wasn’t faking an injury to catch a breath, but you couldn’t tell the fans or the Dallas Cowboys that.
With the admission of Brian Urlacher admitting that the Chicago Bears faked injuries, this story will stay in the consciousness of offensive coordinators everywhere. It’s more important than ever, as more teams are going up tempo.
Since there are so many injuries during a NFL game, players shouldn’t lay out on the field unless they are truly hurt. It’s not even about the spirit of the rule. It’s just more disrespectful towards real injured players on a game by game basis.
However, they don’t have an injury rule yet and defensive teams in all levels of football will take advantage.