While there doesn’t seem to be a specific instance of it happening lately, the NFL sent out a memo to all teams this week, warning them against players faking injuries to stop the clock without burning a timeout.
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the memo from NFL vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said the competition committee had been reluctant to make a specific rule, for fear it would subtly encourage injured players to stay in games.
“To avoid the necessity of a rule with many unattractive qualities, teams are strongly urged to cooperate with this policy,” the memo states. “We are determined to take all necessary steps to ensure that it does not become an issue. We have been fortunate that teams and players have consistently complied with the spirit of the rule over the years and this has not been an issue for the NFL. We are determined to take all necessary steps to ensure that it does not become an issue.”
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello referred to the memo as an “annual reminder.”
Unless I’m forgetting one (and it’s Friday afternoon, that’s entirely possible) there doesn’t seem to have been any glaring cases this season, since a round of accusations were made toward the Giants last year.