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.