Reggie Bush: We had fake injury play in New Orleans

AP

The media brushfire following Monday Night Fakeball revealed a few things.  The NFL isn’t overly concerned about faking injuries, and faking injuries is a tradition nearly as old as football itself.

To hear Reggie Bush tell it, teams often designate a player to be the “fake injury” guy.   (Too often Bush was the “real injury guy” in New Orleans.)

“We actually had that before in New Orleans,” Bush told the Miami Herald in reference to the fake injury play. “It’s just one of those things when you get those hurry-up offensive teams. I mean, it’s legal. They haven’t made any rules yet to say it’s not legal.

“… For the most part you’re supposed to have a designated guy for that. It’s not supposed to be four or five guys falling on the ground at the same time. Obviously that looks real bush league.”

Why yes.  Yes, it does.

Like we said earlier this week, the league will likely only consider taking further measures like fining a player if the problem becomes widespread in key situations.

With the explosion of passing numbers and fast break offenses, this may not just be a one week talking point.

65 responses to “Reggie Bush: We had fake injury play in New Orleans

  1. Perhaps the league should designate an independent physician to each game to evaluate injuries alongside the team trainers to determine if there was a legitimate injury on the play.

  2. Obviously this needs to be dealt with and the NFL has been good at doing so when presented with other issues. By dealt with I don’t mean penalizing the Giants or any team that did it in the past. I just mean correcting the issue going forward. I hate the argument that most teams do it. While true it doesn’t mean that you don’t try to tweak the rules to make things better and more fair. As I said the NFL has been of the best leagues at striving to improve it’s rules.

  3. Y’all might hate Reggie, but the dude was awesome in ‘Same Name’. I respect him as a human. Just not a football player.

  4. Now, we have players telling on themselves. The league has to look into this. I have a simple fix..whenever there is an injured person on the field, he must sit out for 4-5 plays. Whether the person is faking or not!

  5. Reggie Bush: “Sure, we used to do it New Orleans….its pretty common…I think all teams do it….but not Miami…..we don’t play like that.”

  6. what advantage is there for an offensive player to fake an injury?

    obviously defensive players can stop a no huddle offense but offenses usually prefer to speed the game up

  7. Bush is a glorified receiver posing as a running back. He’s not even getting it done in Miami. Since he’s saying this about a team he no longer plays for, I don’t care that he mentions it now. Furthermore, the Saints have now upgraded from a fake rb.

  8. Enough about the fake injuries!! Jesus Christ! Every team does it and has been doing for a very long time. Why is this news all of a sudden? Sensationalism at its finest.

  9. Al Breer had the perfect answer. If there is a timeout called due to injury, no substitutions can be made…or if one is made, the substituting team is charged a time out.

  10. Simple solution to this whole fake injury debacle: If a player goes to the ground with an injury, whether it be fake or real, they should be forced to sit out the remaining quarter of play. This will both eliminate further injury from players, and most importantly, curb players thoughts on cheating. If they get injured during a known 2- minute drill, they miss the entire next quarter of action. Voilà . Done.

  11. Consider your favorite players or coaches from the past, in any sport. Then ask yourself, would that player or coach fake injuries? Being from Minnesota, mine favorite was Kirby Puckett (and I don’t even like baseball anymore). Would Puckett fake an injury like Jeter or the NY Giants? No chance. He went up to bat in the big situations wanting more than to just get on base. He wanted to crush the ball. He’d be ticked-off if he got hit by a pitch. Not to pick on New York…I mean can you picture Lou Gehrig faking injury??? I hate the Packers, but I can’t picture Vince Lombardi teaching his players to fake injuries. It’s a shame we even need new rules against this, but obviously we do.

  12. Watching college football today, there has been over 20 injuries in the games. Atleast NFL keeps it to a minimum. No more “Bodybag” games.

  13. I’m tired of the snitching by him and Kehl, and the sudden concern about “fake injuries”, because everyone hates the Giants. Oh SUDDENLY, everyone forgets it’s been a tactic for decades. I saw five other teams do it last Sunday, including the Bolts, BLATANTLY.

    Anyway, I want Bush to go away. Ol’ wannabe Eric Metcalf/Ronnie Harmon.

  14. Ans FOX Sports used fake newspaper headlines during the Bears-Falcons game to bash Jay Cutler but I guess PFT either missed that story or supports that kind of crap.

  15. Faking injury is smart play. It’s the American way to cheat when there are no penalties involved. I sort of doubt a Super Bowl team will be denied their White House visit because of accusations of faking an injury. I hope my favorite team cheats early and often.

  16. Defenses don’t stand a chance. They have to try anything to try and somehow offset seemingly insurmountable rules against them. How about not letting players take steroids, then they won’t hit each other as hard. And the players won’t look like comic book characters.

  17. Like a lot of you guys, my inclination is to say screw it, whatever, everyone does it.

    But I think there’s another dynamic at play here. The league (and NFLPA, I guess) has made it a priority to minimize injury. I strikes me as poor form to fake an injury while former players are shooting themselves and trying to remember their wives’ names or how to tie their shoes.

    Maybe I’m overthinking it, but faking injuries seems particularly unsavory.

  18. mancave001 says: Sep 24, 2011 9:16 PM

    eigglesnosuperbowls says:
    Sep 24, 2011 6:52 PM
    They have fake Super Bowls in Philly !

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    That’s nor even slightly amusing
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    It is to the Giants fans here who have to constantly remind Eagles fans of that fact.

    And your spelling is equally as amusing.

  19. To me, it’s no worst then quick snapping the defense when they are substituting players with no play actually ready, or receivers having crossing routes that set up picks. Its just gamesmanship.

  20. Reggie is trying to stay relevant by saying something that’s going to get him in the spotlight. Miami, please trade him to Dancing with the Stars so he can compete against Emmitt Smith and then, MAYBE, just maybe he could say he’s the best at something other than being a d-bag.

  21. blackheld says:
    Al Breer had the perfect answer. If there is a timeout called due to injury, no substitutions can be made…or if one is made, the substituting team is —charged a time out.
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    Breer is a douche. To end fake injuries let’s penalize teams with legitimate injuries! so a team with a real injury has to take a timeout or play with 10 men? and what if they have no timeouts?

  22. Reggie, just be the “real playmaker” in Miami. Saints got Darren Sproles and never looked back, my brother.

    Were Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing the only players out of that magnificent group at SC?

  23. Reggie, your a classless turd and good riddance. I hope this finally puts Reggie’s true character into perspective for some of the fans upset about letting Reggie go…

  24. Funny how players are eager to call out their OLD teams with this kind of thing… especially when there was a contract dispute like in Reggie’s case…

  25. There may be something to this.

    After all, if anyone knows about being a fake and a fraud, it’s Reggie Bush.

  26. Decoys will soon be banned by the NFL, and Reggie will be out of a job.
    8 mil in 2010 – 150 yds. Rushing for entire season!
    Fake running back?

  27. Wouldn’t put it past Sean Payton…this is the same guy that went for an onside kick to start the 2nd half of the Super Bowl against the Colts. That had about a 20% chance of working, and b/c of Hank Baskett it did. Had it not, Payton would have been lambasted for the dumbest coaching move ever. Think about it that way….Same as Belichick going for it on 4th and 2 that same season. Payton knew the Taints didn’t stand a chance had they given Peyton the ball again…So it doesn’t surprise me that he’d have a designated “flopper” too…

  28. Wouldn’t put it past Sean Payton…this is the same guy that went for an onside kick to start the 2nd half of the Super Bowl against the Colts. That had about a 20% chance of working, and b/c of Hank Baskett it did. Had it not, Payton would have been lambasted for the dumbest coaching move ever. Think about it that way….Same as Belichick going for it on 4th and 2 that same season. Payton knew the Taints didn’t stand a chance had they given Peyton the ball again…So it doesn’t surprise me that he’d have a designated “flopper” too…

    How about thinking about it the way it happened.
    If “ifs” and “ands” were pots and pans, there’d be no work for the tinker. LOL

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