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Giants say ex-teammate Kehl is lying about fake injuries

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The New York Giants are doubling down on their insistence that they don’t fake injuries, with multiple players coming forward to dispute the claims of their former teammate, Rams linebacker Bryan Kehl, that Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell instructs his players to pretend to be hurt if they need a timeout.

It’s a bunch of bull, man,” Giants linebacker Michael Boley told the New York Post when asked about Kehl’s comments. “Bunch of smoke, man. That’s why he’s an ex-teammate, man. It’s one thing if you leave a team, you go somewhere else, if you didn’t like it there, keep it to yourself. There’s no point in trying to bad-mouth another team just because they let you go.”

Yes, it’s true that Kehl was cut by the Giants, and it’s possible that he has hard feelings toward them because of that. But the fact remains that Giants safety Deon Grant and linebacker Jacquian Williams were obviously faking injuries when they both flopped to the ground suddenly on Monday night, just as the Giants needed extra time to substitute into their goal-line defense.

Fewell doesn’t even deny that he coaches players to fake injuries, although Grant does deny that he flopped at Fewell’s instruction.

“As far as Perry Fewell coaching that, I never heard a coach on this team ever say anything about that,” Grant said, “so for Kehl to say that, he lost a lot of respect from me.”

Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson called Kehl “a great friend” but added, “I don’t know why Bryan would say that.”

The simplest explanation for why Kehl would say that is that when Kehl played for Fewell, Fewell told Kehl to fake an injury. When Williams and Grant both flopped to the ground simultaneously on Monday night, it sure looked like someone had coached them to do so.

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34 Responses to “Giants say ex-teammate Kehl is lying about fake injuries”
  1. jaggedmark says: Sep 23, 2011 4:07 PM

    New York Giants don’t coach/instruct players to fake injuries.

    Just like:

    New York Jets don’t instruct coaches and trainers to construct an obtrusive sideline wall during punt returns.

  2. jnks10 says: Sep 23, 2011 4:10 PM

    The new no faking in the NFL rule will forever be known as the New York Football Giants Rule.

  3. castleofcheese says: Sep 23, 2011 4:12 PM

    This is getting worse than the Tim Tebow updates.

  4. dcrams20 says: Sep 23, 2011 4:16 PM

    The more Grant and the Giants deny this, the more foolish they look. It was obvious to Tirico and everyone watching – just own it!

  5. greymares says: Sep 23, 2011 4:18 PM

    what Kehl said passes the eye test.

  6. richm2256 says: Sep 23, 2011 4:20 PM

    Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson called Kehl “a great friend” but added, “I don’t know why Bryan would say that.”

    ——————————————————–
    Ummm ….. because it’s TRUE????

    For two players to simultaneous drop to the ground, with no one near them but each other, either they both saw the same signal, or a sudden guest of wind blew them -and only them – over, or they were both hit by a pair of pygmies with blowdarts that were strong enough to knock them out, but not kill them.

    That, or they’re lying.

    It’s okay if you do this, Gints, just don’t insult the intelligence of even the dumbest fan by denying it was what it clearly was.

  7. captaintriumph says: Sep 23, 2011 4:23 PM

    At this point, the Giants should just shut their mouths. To keep lying about it makes them look even more classless than they already are.

  8. dcrams20 says: Sep 23, 2011 4:25 PM

    New York Giants don’t coach/instruct players to fake injuries.

    Just like:

    New York Jets don’t instruct coaches and trainers to construct an obtrusive sideline wall during punt returns.

    __________________________________

    Just like:

    Belichick doesn’t grossly misinterpret videotaping rules.

  9. favreforever says: Sep 23, 2011 4:25 PM

    Feigned injuries accompanied by fake acting can lead to false accusations of insincere conduct which give way to tongue in cheek admonitions of disingenuous nature. Liars lying about lying liars.

  10. kev86 says: Sep 23, 2011 4:37 PM

    For all the abuse the Giants are taking, at least it worked. And we never fake punt under Coughlin so at least we faked something for a change.

    And considering all our real injuries, cut us some slack and lighten up a little.

  11. grogansheroes says: Sep 23, 2011 4:41 PM

    So kev86, its okay to cheat, as long as it is your team?

  12. polishrod says: Sep 23, 2011 4:53 PM

    kev86 says:
    Sep 23, 2011 4:37 PM
    For all the abuse the Giants are taking, at least it worked. And we never fake punt under Coughlin so at least we faked something for a change.

    And considering all our real injuries, cut us some slack and lighten up a little.

    ————–

    If you want a break, go watch cricket or tennis.

    You are a pathetic “fan”

  13. greymares says: Sep 23, 2011 4:53 PM

    kev86, real injuries how will we ever know for sure?

  14. favreforever says: Sep 23, 2011 4:53 PM

    An angry Coughlin said, “Kehl is not who we thought he was. Go ahead and crown his arse!”.

  15. alaricsrevenge says: Sep 23, 2011 4:57 PM

    dcrams20 says:
    Sep 23, 2011 4:25 PM
    New York Giants don’t coach/instruct players to fake injuries.

    Just like:

    New York Jets don’t instruct coaches and trainers to construct an obtrusive sideline wall during punt returns.

    __________________________________

    Just like:

    Belichick doesn’t grossly misinterpret videotaping rules.

    ——————————————–

    Just like Tony Romo really punctured a lung, then played a whole game trough it

  16. stro210 says: Sep 23, 2011 5:01 PM

    Grogansheroes:

    Get a clue clown. What a blown out of portion circus this issue is. Who cares; every team is guilty of it, and it dates back to the 60′s and was predominantly done in the 80′s when the no huddle/2 minute drill was first introduced. Get educated, and get to know how football operates (college or pros). Even if we were guilty, it’s not illegal nor cheating. It’s just a strategy that has been used in the game for years. If you watched enough football and could use your common sense, you would realize it a common occurrence.

    http://deadspin.com/5843313/the-fake-outrage-over-fake-injuries-or-how-to-piss-on-an-nfl-sideline-without-anyone-seeing

  17. raynman49 says: Sep 23, 2011 5:01 PM

    Why don’t the coaches teach Eli how to not throw INT’s?

  18. bhcpaul1989 says: Sep 23, 2011 5:13 PM

    Simple solution, if a player is injured and the game has to stop because of it, only that player can be substituted. Make so they cannot change the entire defense without a timeout!

  19. greymares says: Sep 23, 2011 5:17 PM

    If the Eagles are “the dream team” why not the Giants being the “faking cheaters” you are what the message boards say you are, right?

  20. kev86 says: Sep 23, 2011 5:24 PM

    Your team is better at cheating than my team. Congrats. GO BLUE!

  21. flyeaglefly says: Sep 23, 2011 5:29 PM

    As an Eagle fan, I applaud the Giants…there is no rule against taking a dive, the NFL is to blame for allowing this to continue…this happened in 3 games in Week #1, so it’s not like it just reared it’s ugly head…guys looking like they got shot and miraculously are up, running full speed one play later…and the G-Men should continue to do it against the Eagles if the Birds go to a no huddle or the Gints get worn out/down chasing Vick around all day…now, every team will/can copycat this against any opponent and slow down drives at the end of halves or end of games…let’s call it an “UN-competitive advantage”….

  22. polishrod says: Sep 23, 2011 5:29 PM

    @stro210

    Wow Chief, I guess you missed all of the reports from the NFL Office about fines, suspensions and losing draft picks.

    Better climb back under that rock, your G-Men are about to head there as well

  23. dcrams20 says: Sep 23, 2011 5:30 PM

    I’m thinking there’s a lot of ‘fake’ responses on here….

  24. thejabronisayz says: Sep 23, 2011 5:41 PM

    stro210 says:
    Sep 23, 2011 5:01 PM
    Grogansheroes:

    “Even if we were guilty, it’s not illegal nor cheating. It’s just a strategy that has been used in the game for years.”

    —————————–

    So, by your logic, “if everyone else does it, then it must be OK.” Idiot.

    Secondly, each team is allowed 3 timeouts per half. FAKING an injury essentially is giving a team a free timeout, meaning that aforementioned team gets an additional time out that they are otherwise not entitled to have. So yes, it’s cheating.

    Thirdly, if you don’t think it’s cheating or illegal, then you clearly have not noticed the reaction from the league office. But, seeing as how you are a Giants fan who is clearly in denial over your team’s pathetic actions on National TV, i’m not the least bit surprised.

  25. philyeagles5 says: Sep 23, 2011 6:21 PM

    look we know he faked it. lets get over it.

  26. steelerer says: Sep 23, 2011 6:37 PM

    what is this the 12-13th story PFT has run about fake injuries.

  27. gmen1990 says: Sep 23, 2011 6:38 PM

    You know every Giants hater is posting “they faked it!”, “just own up to it!”. Do you really think they faked those injuries? Of course they did. And so does every NFL team in the league you just don’t hear about it. It’s called strategy. Its just like when a player acts when a fight is about to erupt. How many times do NFL players use their acting skills to get ahead in the game with a free penalty of 15 yards? It’s the same thing.

  28. jerseyshoregiant says: Sep 23, 2011 7:02 PM

    Is what the Grant did any worse than a receiver throwing his arms up in the air looking for a pass interference call(even though they, along with everyone else knows they weren’t interfered with). I mean we have all seen guys do that and get a call sometimes. How about when a kicker or punter fake getting interfered with and hit the ground looking for a flag. We have all also seen that happen and ono occasion draw a flag. What’s worse? Can’t wait for Sunday already just to end this nonsense.

  29. ctgiantfan says: Sep 23, 2011 8:56 PM

    I can’t believe this is still an issue. The NFL fined 3 teams for breaking the rules during the lockout. That’s cheating.

  30. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 23, 2011 9:41 PM

    We all saw it. It was a coordinated fake injury. Two guys went down like they had been shot while a couple of others were on their way down until they saw a man already going down.

    Embarrassing.

  31. gmen1990 says: Sep 23, 2011 11:35 PM

    And? No one is saying they didn’t see it… You saw it so move on. Focus on your game this week. You remind me of Brady when he loses a playoff or superbowl game, Wah! Wah!

  32. eddyjf says: Sep 24, 2011 7:55 AM

    steelerer says:
    Sep 23, 2011 6:37 PM
    what is this the 12-13th story PFT has run about fake injuries
    ———————————–
    Then don’t read it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Idiot.

  33. typicaleaglesfan says: Sep 24, 2011 12:17 PM

    Wow giants fans are really thin skinned like their qb! Funny they talk a mean game when ripping Vick for dog fighting.

  34. gmen1990 says: Sep 25, 2011 2:55 PM

    Wow look who’s talking now….Fokou of the eagles just faked an injury to avoid a penalty. Now what? All that talk and you eagles fan root for a team that cheats too.

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