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Jets say Jamaal Westerman was hurt, but was he really?

During Sunday night’s win over the Dolphins, Jets linebacker Jamaal Westerman suddenly clutched his hamstring and went to the ground with an injury that seemed to come at an awfully convenient time for the Jets, with their defense needing a rest after a long Dolphins drive was followed by a quick Jets touchdown.

That led some to ask: Was Westerman really hurt, or was he faking to give his tired teammates time to catch their breath?

Jets coach Rex Ryan said after the game that Westerman is legitimately hurt, with a sprained ankle and a tweaked hamstring. But not everyone believes him.

Cardinals kicker Jay Feely, who played the last two years for the Jets, was watching the game on NBC and wrote on Twitter that Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were right to be suspicious.

The broadcast is dead on with the fake injury thing,” Feely tweeted. “Jets often tell a guy on Kickoff to fake an injury to give the Def a breather.”

Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com wrote a great column about what he dubs the “Hamstring Hoax” of players pretending to pull up lame solely to get a free injury timeout. Freeman also appeared on the Dan Patrick Show and said that while faking an injury to gain a competitive advantage is nothing new, players may be getting more sophisticated with it.

That’s a bad thing for the NFL. A game in which a player pretends to get hurt every time his team could use a timeout would be a terrible game to watch.

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57 Responses to “Jets say Jamaal Westerman was hurt, but was he really?”
  1. Curtis Martin's HOF Speech says: Sep 29, 2010 12:28 PM

    It’s called gamesmanship.
    +1 Rex

  2. Strick says: Sep 29, 2010 12:29 PM

    Simple solution: if your player pulls up lame and you get a free timeout because of it, that player sits for 15 minutes of gametime (instead of just one play).

  3. AlanSaysYo says: Sep 29, 2010 12:30 PM

    The NFL can’t let this go unchecked. The pansies who play soccer do this and they milk their fake injuries while the clock is running.

  4. indiansfan_407 says: Sep 29, 2010 12:31 PM

    Karma is a bitch. Maybe Revis will be out 2 weeks longer, or maybe Ryan will get lagangitis

  5. slizz says: Sep 29, 2010 12:32 PM

    All started with Belichick and the Pats.
    Remember Willie McGinest on that 4 down stand vs the Colts in the playoffs?

  6. books says: Sep 29, 2010 12:32 PM

    Ha ha you’d have thought it would be the Bucs who brought soccer tactics to NFL football. But instead we can paint the Jets as the ‘soccer boys’ of the league!

  7. thegreenelantern says: Sep 29, 2010 12:32 PM

    More jets hate, how predictable.
    Every team does it….Willy Mcginest anyone!?

  8. remedy29 says: Sep 29, 2010 12:32 PM

    I have no doubt that players fake an injury from time to time. All suspicions with Westerman are legit.
    HOWEVER, you Jets haters out there, Atlanta did this last year when they beat the Jets about 6 times during the second half. The Jets radio announcers were ALL over this and were saying how conveniently the Atlanta players were getting SO many injuries and then returning to the game.
    This happens ALL the time.

  9. Woe is Mets says: Sep 29, 2010 12:35 PM

    anything else that’s pandemic across the NFL (and all other professional sports) that we need to address solely because it puts the Jets in a negative light, Michael Patriots Smith?

  10. wtf_seriously says: Sep 29, 2010 12:36 PM

    The nerve!!!
    Bench him!
    Suspend him!
    Off with his head!!
    Guess what? My brother’s girlfriend’s brother’s boss’s stepdad’s uncle swore he saw a tweet that Rex Ryan wore mismatched socks to practice one day last week. Someone get Tony Dungy on the line, stat!!

  11. King Ugly says: Sep 29, 2010 12:37 PM

    Really dude? I know that Jets bashing accounts for 80% of what goes up on this website nowadays, but making up conspiracy theories about phantom injuries to try to stir the pot is a little low, don’t you think? I bet that if you devoted half the time you (collectively) spend on anti-Jets propaganda to consulting sources on the other 31 teams in this league you could get a story or two that people would enjoy reading and commenting on.
    And as for the fake injury thing, I’m sure that Jamaal Westerman didn’t pioneer this type of activity and trying to take a semi-righteous stand about not faking could cause players who are legitimately injured to second guess coming out of a game until the “minor injury” compounds and turns into a major one.

  12. tHe_KiNg says: Sep 29, 2010 12:39 PM

    Happened in the Bears/Packers game too. Lance Briggs faked an injury so they had enough time to see if the play needed to be reviewed.

  13. baldnuts1 says: Sep 29, 2010 12:39 PM

    RichCimini
    LB Jamaal Westerman (hamstring, ankle) apparently isn’t faking injury. Sitting out, riding bike. #Jets
    rodboone
    Darrelle Revis (hammy) is riding the bike and LB Jamaal Westerman (ankle, hammy) just joined him. #Jets
    JennyVrentas
    Jamaal Westerman (ankle/hammy) doesn’t look like he’ll be practicing today either. #nyj

  14. texasPHINSfan says: Sep 29, 2010 12:39 PM

    This has gone on in soccer for awhile now. The thing is in soccer the ref can issue out yellow cards to punish and prevent players from taking advantage of injury situations.
    The NFL could institute a personal foul, 15 yard penalty over such instances?

  15. mrzazz41387 says: Sep 29, 2010 12:40 PM

    The guy is missing practices because of this “fake” injury, and is doubtful for the Bills game. That doesn’t sound like anything fake to me.

  16. ntea6 says: Sep 29, 2010 12:41 PM

    Yeah, what is this? Soccer??

  17. G-Men says: Sep 29, 2010 12:41 PM

    Jay Feely bit the hand of the organization that fed him for 2 years…

  18. moolah954 says: Sep 29, 2010 12:43 PM

    this is one of these situation where if your favorite team did it then there would be no complaints… but since its the Jets there has to be an outrage…. 31-23 is the fact…. everything else is what if’s or coulda woulda shoulda’s

  19. TheJudge 37 says: Sep 29, 2010 12:44 PM

    Not sure anyone noticed, but just prior to the play NBC showed a sideline shot of Rex Ryan and Westerman, in what looked to be a heated discussion.

  20. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Sep 29, 2010 12:45 PM

    That’s why the rule was instituted a few years ago that a player had to leave the field for a play if he was ‘hurt’ enough for a timeout to be called. Back to the drawing board, boys.

  21. Florioslovechild says: Sep 29, 2010 12:48 PM

    It is bad enough that florio constantly reads between the lines virtually no matter what is said or happens, but now he has the staff of PFT doing it too?
    Here is what you do. Someone says something, take it at face value. Someone does something, believe what you see. If you think something shady is going on, investigate behind the scenes? Once you have PROOF something is different, then post that information, stay away from the constant conspiracy theorys!
    PFT does have sources they can get inside info from, right?

  22. FloriosHairHat says: Sep 29, 2010 12:49 PM

    “A game in which a player pretends to get hurt every time his team could use a timeout would be a terrible game to watch.”
    You’re only picking up on this now?

  23. CD_Ridge says: Sep 29, 2010 12:49 PM

    I seen lots of “injuries” on kick off coverage units for many teams. Seems to be a tactic employed throughout the league.

  24. username says: Sep 29, 2010 12:49 PM

    Laron Landry did the same thing week 2 for the Redskins.

  25. PirateFreedom says: Sep 29, 2010 12:50 PM

    Colts fans probably remember Willie McGinest’s repeated “health problems” and subsequent “big stops” a decade or so ago
    I know I do, cue evil laugh

  26. toothpick says: Sep 29, 2010 12:51 PM

    Keep tweeting Jay, and remind the Jets why they got rid of you.
    Michael, if you’re going to publish the claim that the Jets “often” tell their players to pull this move, then give us some evidence. I cannot remember this ever happening before, especially not in the past two seasons we were graced with the presence of happy-fingers Feely and his tweeting skills.

  27. pftfanboy says: Sep 29, 2010 12:56 PM

    it was a little annoying to watch as a dolphin fan, but it happens in all sports and i myself pulled that stunt back in the day.
    it’s part of the game.

  28. jewcutlernation says: Sep 29, 2010 12:57 PM

    There is a simple fix to this problem. Have a punishment for an injury. Dont take that too seriously folks. When a player is legitimately injured, he doesnt come back the same play, they sit em for a few plays let them recover and then go back in. But when a player isnt hurt significantly, or is faking, they can come back instantly, and thats the problem. If someone causes an injury timeout, they should HAVE to sit for a period of time. I think 3-5 minute mandatory sit for any player injured should exist. Then with that you get the issue of sending the scrub players to fake injuries instead of your studs, and i dont have a solution for that, but someone might?

  29. You're An Idiot says: Sep 29, 2010 12:57 PM

    Easy solution. ANY injury that stops the next play in the fourth quarter, not just the last few minutes, will cost you a TO. Football is a batte of attrition. Don’t like it, crawl of the field.

  30. Son of Apeman says: Sep 29, 2010 1:01 PM

    The idea is common practice than is normally mentioned. On Monday night, it was pretty clear that one of the Bears may have faked an injury to stop the Packers from doing a hurry up play so their sidelines could look at the Jumbotron replay to decide whether to throw a red flag or not. As soon as the replay was shown, he was helped up and made it to the sideline slowly, but without helped. Then he was out on the field the next play. I’m not saying he wasn’t hurt, but it all seems very convenient. I understand wanting to see the replay, but is that really fair?

  31. normnailz says: Sep 29, 2010 1:05 PM

    deal with it Jets fans. you aren’t complaining about the spotlight the media has given you, until something negative happens and then you wonder why everyone is giving your team hell for pulling tactics like this.

  32. dreamer420 says: Sep 29, 2010 1:08 PM

    King Ugly says:
    September 29, 2010 12:37 PM
    Really dude? I know that Jets bashing accounts for 80% of what goes up on this website nowadays, but making up conspiracy theories about phantom injuries to try to stir the pot is a little low, don’t you think? I bet that if you devoted half the time you (collectively) spend on anti-Jets propaganda to consulting sources on the other 31 teams in this league you could get a story or two that people would enjoy reading and commenting on.
    And as for the fake injury thing, I’m sure that Jamaal Westerman didn’t pioneer this type of activity and trying to take a semi-righteous stand about not faking could cause players who are legitimately injured to second guess coming out of a game until the “minor injury” compounds and turns into a major one.
    – Wow are you denial

  33. footballnut says: Sep 29, 2010 1:13 PM

    slizz says:
    September 29, 2010 12:32 PM
    All started with Belichick and the Pats.
    Remember Willie McGinest on that 4 down stand vs the Colts in the playoffs?
    ———————————–
    Actually that was a regular season game in Indy and this sort of thing was around long before McGinest nevermind this particular season.
    I hate the Jets, but it’s part of professional sports to get that edge.

  34. Caldon says: Sep 29, 2010 1:17 PM

    It was pretty funny to watch because the acting was so bad on it. At the point it happens, he is walking/jogging at most at the end of the play, away from the action. All of a sudden is he is like, OMG, I forgot I am suppose to fake an injury and reaches down like his leg is falling off, then topples over slowly.
    Worst fake injury acting ever.

  35. Three Cloud says: Sep 29, 2010 1:18 PM

    Is it any worse than running a quick play after being awarded a catch you know won’t withstand a challenge as Miami did?
    All teams do all of these things. Fake injuries, quick plays, signing recently cut players of your next opponent etc.

  36. scoops says: Sep 29, 2010 1:23 PM

    mrzazz41387 says:
    September 29, 2010 12:40 PM
    The guy is missing practices because of this “fake” injury, and is doubtful for the Bills game. That doesn’t sound like anything fake to me
    ——
    relax…Its the Bills…
    I’m sure Vernon Gholston will look like an he is All-World when he is playing in the game

  37. NyJetsTaketheEastin 2010 says: Sep 29, 2010 1:25 PM

    Looks like another angry former Jet decided to throw in his .10 cents this week just like Kerry Rhodes did last week ,must be a miserable situation going on out there in Arizona for these 2 castoffs to be so interested in whats going with there FORMER team…..

  38. scoops says: Sep 29, 2010 1:26 PM

    mrzazz41387 says:
    September 29, 2010 12:40 PM
    The guy is missing practices because of this “fake” injury, and is doubtful for the Bills game. That doesn’t sound like anything fake to me
    ——
    relax…Its the Bills…
    I’m sure Vernon Gholston will look like an he is All-World when he is playing in the game

  39. indiansfan_407 says: Sep 29, 2010 1:29 PM

    maybe shaun smith can grab his balls and he would have a real injury to sit out with

  40. zero says: Sep 29, 2010 1:38 PM

    “That’s a bad thing for the NFL. A game in which a player pretends to get hurt every time his team could use a timeout would be a terrible game to watch.”
    What you did there… I see it.

  41. LottsMissingFingertip says: Sep 29, 2010 1:39 PM

    Cant wait to hear what Tony Dungy thinks of this!!!

  42. JetFan in Miami says: Sep 29, 2010 1:45 PM

    Slow news day? What a band of hoodlums and scoundrels! Goodell must punish Westerman and his hamstring

  43. Mr Krinkle says: Sep 29, 2010 1:47 PM

    The apple doesn’t fall far. Buddy Ryan was the reason for many of today’s late game injury/penalty rules in the NFL. He used to play 13 guys on defense the last play of the game before the game-can’t-end-on-a-defensive-penalty rule was implemented.

  44. mrzazz41387 says: Sep 29, 2010 1:53 PM

    When someone fakes an injury, they come out, and then come back in. He didn’t come back, and is missing practice on the bike because of the injury, so get over yourself Smith. You and your airport bathroom buddy, Florio, need to get your heads out of each others asses.

  45. JEsTerS says: Sep 29, 2010 2:05 PM

    Obvisously the NFL doesnt consider it a big problem. The injured player only has to sit out one play. Big deal. Also, when did we start to care about what a kicker has to say, especially one sitting at home on the couch. People must be really hard up if they are checking out his twitter!

  46. terraincognita says: Sep 29, 2010 2:13 PM

    A solution could be that the injured player would not be allowed back until after a change of possession. This would eliminate the need to keep track of ineligibility minutes for an injury necessitating an official timeout. True- replacements would be sent in for this duty, but it would eliminate some of the abuse if teams knew that the player would not be available for several plays.

  47. RedsGhost says: Sep 29, 2010 2:20 PM

    “A game in which a player pretends to get hurt ( or hit ) every time his team could use a timeout would be a terrible game to watch.”
    Can you say J E T E R ??

  48. CKL says: Sep 29, 2010 2:22 PM

    # Mr Krinkle says: September 29, 2010 1:47 PM
    The apple doesn’t fall far. Buddy Ryan was the reason for many of today’s late game injury/penalty rules in the NFL. He used to play 13 guys on defense the last play of the game before the game-can’t-end-on-a- defensive-penalty rule was implemented.
    ____________________________________
    So many people hate this type of thing but I personally think it’s pretty damn smart. Do it until someone stops it, push the envelope. Why not? This isn’t tiddlywinks.
    AS SOON AS BRIGGS FLOPPED the other night, I screamed at the tv that he was playing at home and is flopping because he wants to give the home video people a chance to put that play up on the jumbotron. Hell, teams put or don’t put plays up on the jumbotron based on whether it looks good for the home team or not. Are there whining pansies who hate that too? Give me a break. Push the envelope as long as it isn’t something that physically hurts another player.

  49. FinFan68 says: Sep 29, 2010 2:29 PM

    This is no big deal. ALL teams do this at some point. Every team hurries up to the line after suspect plays (like my Dolphins did in that same game), coaches call the ref over to explain something they already know so their players/coordinators can regroup, etc. It isn’t ethical but there is no way to stop it short of another BS rule that would penalize a team for legitimate injuries also. Just let it go. Gaming the system will eventually burn the team doing it…Payton calls the cheap FG timeout and his team blocked the kick…end result…the kicker nailed it on the retry and the Saints lost. It all works out in the end.

  50. Ferg70 says: Sep 29, 2010 2:41 PM

    “He used to play 13 guys on defense the last play of the game before the game-can’t-end-on-a- defensive-penalty rule was implemented. ”
    Man, that is genius. It must have been fun playing for that guy.

  51. TomBrady'sHairStylist says: Sep 29, 2010 2:53 PM

    he didnt do that to take a breather for the defense, he did it so Rex could take a breather from all those hand signals he was doing.

  52. Str8bizness says: Sep 29, 2010 4:16 PM

    This is the problem with the NFL. Now everthing is a big deal. People it’s called the game inside the game and it’s been done for years. Frankly, I think that Mike Florio hates Mike Tannenbaum GM of the Jets. Dolphin fans stop crying!!!

  53. King Ugly says: Sep 29, 2010 4:21 PM

    Dreamer, wow you are good grammar. Denial of what exactly?

  54. nrsv says: Sep 29, 2010 4:39 PM

    Westerman hasn’t practiced this week, and may not play on sunday

  55. Rock48nj says: Sep 29, 2010 4:48 PM

    Was the Mike Freeman column really a “great column” …I mean really?? I guess compared to posts with bewildering sentence structure and nonsensical speculation that might be considered great.

  56. 2buku4u says: Sep 29, 2010 5:24 PM

    I was too drunk to care or notice then and it’s too late to matter now…my mind is on one thing, beating the Pats Monday night.
    If the NFL really wants to do something about it, make the player that warrants an “injury” time out sit the rest of that quarter.

  57. smithopher says: Sep 30, 2010 12:33 AM

    ok. even if he did fake it, its within the rules and it would be smart in that situation. i remember seeing braylon streak down the field thinking OH SH!T just because i knew the defense was gassed. belichick has been known to do it too, and many people around the NFL would consider him the best coach there is right now. i know a lot of fellow jets fans love to call him belicheat, but until the NFL says/does something about it, that isn’t cheating.
    but what you people don’t realize is that he hasn’t been practicing, he’s been doing the same exercises as Revis, who we all know has the pulled hammy. the jets would be jumping through an awful lot of hoops just to convince everybody that they were innocent of something that isn’t breaking a rule in the first place by putting westerman on the injury report.
    as for jay feely, shut the eff up man. bet you wish you would’ve taken the pay cut and stuck around, your new team is GARBAGE. at least you can be butt buddies with the d bag, kerry rhodes.

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