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Giants deny they were faking injuries to slow Cowboys

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Not that you’d expect them to admit it, but the Giants flatly denied the accusation by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that they were faking injuries.

It’s absolutely not true,” Tom Coughlin said, via Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News.

Jones laughed and said it was clear to him that two Giants players were faking injuries to slow the pace of Sunday’s game, saying “it was so obvious it was funny.”

Coughlin wasn’t laughing, however, pointing out that linebacker Dan Connor didn’t return to the game, and insisting defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins was legitimately in need of assistance, even though he returned to the game shortly thereafter.

“Both of those players were injured,” Coughlin said. “Connor never returned to the game. And Cullen was in a position where he needed to regroup. So that wasn’t orchestrated at all.”

Giants safety Antrel Rolle echoed his coach’s comments, and took his own shot back at the Cowboys, saying they should be relieved to have escaped with the 36-31 win.

“Because a game like that will never happen to us again,” Rolle said. “Even with six turnovers, they were still scratching their heads at the end of the game, hoping/wishing for a play they did get at the end of the game.

“I can care less what Jerry has to say. When we play those guys again, it will be a little different outcome.”

And that is as surprising a declaration as saying they did not, in fact, cheat.

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42 Responses to “Giants deny they were faking injuries to slow Cowboys”
  1. daysend564 says: Sep 10, 2013 1:31 PM

    Mara + Goodell = besties.

    Connor was injured, Jenkins needed time to regroup his fat out of shape/breath body. He had to get a way to stop the clock so he could get off the field.

  2. yankeepunk3000 says: Sep 10, 2013 1:32 PM

    I did not in fact gain ten points over my vacation. I did in fact grow another bone in my stomach

  3. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 10, 2013 1:33 PM

    Cramps are the perfect, unproveable injury. What league official is going to say with certainty that someone is faking a cramp?

    Don’t get me wrong. I hate faking injuries. It’s the equivalent of flopping in soccer.

  4. atkinsandgreenreignsupreme says: Sep 10, 2013 1:33 PM

    5 pt win with 7 turnovers by NYG??? I mean he is on to something….that game should have been a blowout!

  5. jetsarestacked says: Sep 10, 2013 1:36 PM

    yeah, they did. everyone does it at some point. no big deal imho.

  6. steelerben says: Sep 10, 2013 1:43 PM

    After reporters kept pressinfg the issue Coughlin fell to the ground clutching his knee to end the press conference.

    The team has said his return to the podium is doubtful.

  7. thetroofishere says: Sep 10, 2013 1:54 PM

    The NFL should make “injured” players that go through the injury timeout, sit out the rest of the defensive series. They could even call it the “concussion effect”.

    They get good publicitiy by “forcing” the “injured” players to sufficiently recover before heading back into action and the fakers hurt their team by being off the field.

    Two birds. One stone.

  8. lightcleric says: Sep 10, 2013 1:56 PM

    How do so many people screw up “I can’t/couldn’t care less” to “I could/can care less”? It TOTALLY changes the meaning of what you’re saying. And I don’t just mean in the NFL either, where using double/triple negatives is almost a job requirement.

  9. somekat says: Sep 10, 2013 2:04 PM

    Dunno about the Giants, but the Redskins were definitely doing it last night. At least 4-5 times where “cramps” didn’t occur until the defender was sure the play was over

  10. jnbnet says: Sep 10, 2013 2:05 PM

    Giant cheaters.

  11. thehouseofho says: Sep 10, 2013 2:05 PM

    thetroofishere says:
    Sep 10, 2013 1:54 PM
    The NFL should make “injured” players that go through the injury timeout, sit out the rest of the defensive series. They could even call it the “concussion effect”.

    They get good publicitiy by “forcing” the “injured” players to sufficiently recover before heading back into action and the fakers hurt their team by being off the field.

    Two birds. One stone.

    =====

    Here’s the problem with making the “injured” player sit out the rest of the series. An injury is usually faked to get a breather while the offense is in no huddle. If you’re in no huddle and not subbing in, the defense can’t sub in.

    So yes, you can have a dive guy to fake and injury to slow down the no huddle, but unless you’re going to have some guy take a dive every play of that series, the original faker isn’t likely to return to the series anyway.

    Here’s where Jerry’s claim the Giants were faking falls flat. Connor never returned and Jenkins went down the play right after Connor went down. Now Connor is their best linebacker and Jenkins is probably their best defensive tackle. You’re really going to have two of the better guys on your defense sit out together?

    It’s pretty obvious Jerry’s making excuses for how close the game ended up being even though his team forced 6 turnovers. He’s covering up stink by pointing out something stinkier.

  12. jsrdc says: Sep 10, 2013 2:07 PM

    Antrel,

    It doesn’t matter if you lose by one point – you still lose. It was anything but a normal game, but you should be more worried about your team’s 6 turnovers than the margin in which the Cowboys won the game. What you are doing is a feeble attempt to divert the attention from your team losing the game. That is weak, and akin to making excuses.

    When the two teams do meet again, we will see what happens at that point. Until week 12, you get to soak in that loss. How’s that working out for ya?

  13. bigredgoog says: Sep 10, 2013 2:12 PM

    lightcleric says:
    How do so many people screw up “I can’t/couldn’t care less” to “I could/can care less”? It TOTALLY changes the meaning of what you’re saying. And I don’t just mean in the NFL either, where using double/triple negatives is almost a job requirement.
    ________________________

    I could care less what Lightcleric says. In fact I have an ideal. Lets put down some of our favorite English usages of loosers who come hear.

  14. BringBackTheFlex says: Sep 10, 2013 2:17 PM

    “Regroup” = so tired, need a time-out but don’t want to call one.

    As for different outcome… Yeah, maybe the Dallas receivers will catch the ball better. Maybe the running back runs to the correct side of the formation. Maybe the defense gets 7 turnovers.

  15. bmoreravens1012013 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:18 PM

    Anyone with common sense and two eyes saw that they were faking. Give me a break , and this coming from someone who can’t stand the cowboys.

  16. wagon151515 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:22 PM

    There it is, Tom Coughlin just admitted they were cheating. Cullen needed “time to regroup”? What kind of injury is that? Like it’s been said before, the pace of the game was too much for his out of shape ass. Is being winded an injury now? If you’re winded you hustle off the field and get someone in to replace you. I don’t understand why Coughlin’s response isn’t being made into a bigger deal than this. Needing time to regroup is not an injury and just proves that it was an attempt to slow the no huddle down. It was blatantly obvious the man wasn’t hurt during the game.

  17. thebirdofprey says: Sep 10, 2013 2:22 PM

    Speaking about faking injuries, the Redskins D-lineman and their “muscle cramps” didn’t fool anybody.

  18. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:25 PM

    First of all, Connor was obviously dealing with a stinger/burner.

    Jenkins was TRIPPED by Bernardeau, on his way to blowing up Romo, since he beat Bernardeau off the ball. You can’t have it both ways, Jerrah.

  19. thetroofishere says: Sep 10, 2013 2:26 PM

    thehouseofho says:Sep 10, 2013 2:05 PM

    thetroofishere says:
    Sep 10, 2013 1:54 PM
    The NFL should make “injured” players that go through the injury timeout, sit out the rest of the defensive series. They could even call it the “concussion effect”.

    They get good publicitiy by “forcing” the “injured” players to sufficiently recover before heading back into action and the fakers hurt their team by being off the field.

    Two birds. One stone.

    =====

    Here’s the problem with making the “injured” player sit out the rest of the series. An injury is usually faked to get a breather while the offense is in no huddle. If you’re in no huddle and not subbing in, the defense can’t sub in.

    So yes, you can have a dive guy to fake and injury to slow down the no huddle, but unless you’re going to have some guy take a dive every play of that series, the original faker isn’t likely to return to the series anyway.

    Here’s where Jerry’s claim the Giants were faking falls flat. Connor never returned and Jenkins went down the play right after Connor went down. Now Connor is their best linebacker and Jenkins is probably their best defensive tackle. You’re really going to have two of the better guys on your defense sit out together?

    It’s pretty obvious Jerry’s making excuses for how close the game ended up being even though his team forced 6 turnovers. He’s covering up stink by pointing out something stinkier.

    =====

    Currently, the NFL doesn’t allow the injured player to stay in the game if it goes through an injury timeout. They have to miss at least the next play before returning. Jenkins only missed one play after his injury.

    Amd Jerry wasn’t referring to Connor. He was referring to Jenkins when he wen to the ground during the football, looked back to make sure the play was over, grabbed his ankle, at up and instructed the physical trainers to look at his shoulder.

    Saying “they” were faking is good political etiquette as opposed to Jerry saying “Cullen Jenkins” was faking.

  20. sschmiggles says: Sep 10, 2013 2:26 PM

    If the Pats were accused of doing this, this article would have 100+ comments full of whining scrubs

  21. paulsmith107 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:36 PM

    I remember a similar type of game last season in Dallas. you know where the giants got a ton of turnovers and raced out to a huge lead. Yeah the one where the game was decided but an out of bounds finger on a circus catch by dez. All te giants fans didn’t walk away claiming well it shoulda been a blowout. Giants fans are born losers trust me I live in jersey surrounded by these idiots always making excuses. Point is its a divisional game we are running a new offense and a new defense while New York has run te same systems on both sides of the ball for years. Let me make this clear if the giants turn the ball over that much in round two you will be destroyed that’s fact. No cry baby crap no excuses just a good old fashioned beat down

  22. antmings says: Sep 10, 2013 2:39 PM

    It’s crazy how giants fans think they almost won…please stop saying this…y’all got a garbage time TD that made it look as if u were close..every excuse u make for losing is the reason u bums lost

  23. thehouseofho says: Sep 10, 2013 2:40 PM

    thetroofishere says:
    Sep 10, 2013 2:26 PM
    thehouseofho says:Sep 10, 2013 2:05 PM

    thetroofishere says:
    Sep 10, 2013 1:54 PM
    The NFL should make “injured” players that go through the injury timeout, sit out the rest of the defensive series. They could even call it the “concussion effect”.

    They get good publicitiy by “forcing” the “injured” players to sufficiently recover before heading back into action and the fakers hurt their team by being off the field.

    Two birds. One stone.

    =====

    Here’s the problem with making the “injured” player sit out the rest of the series. An injury is usually faked to get a breather while the offense is in no huddle. If you’re in no huddle and not subbing in, the defense can’t sub in.

    So yes, you can have a dive guy to fake and injury to slow down the no huddle, but unless you’re going to have some guy take a dive every play of that series, the original faker isn’t likely to return to the series anyway.

    Here’s where Jerry’s claim the Giants were faking falls flat. Connor never returned and Jenkins went down the play right after Connor went down. Now Connor is their best linebacker and Jenkins is probably their best defensive tackle. You’re really going to have two of the better guys on your defense sit out together?

    It’s pretty obvious Jerry’s making excuses for how close the game ended up being even though his team forced 6 turnovers. He’s covering up stink by pointing out something stinkier.

    =====

    Currently, the NFL doesn’t allow the injured player to stay in the game if it goes through an injury timeout. They have to miss at least the next play before returning. Jenkins only missed one play after his injury.

    Amd Jerry wasn’t referring to Connor. He was referring to Jenkins when he wen to the ground during the football, looked back to make sure the play was over, grabbed his ankle, at up and instructed the physical trainers to look at his shoulder.

    Saying “they” were faking is good political etiquette as opposed to Jerry saying “Cullen Jenkins” was faking.

    =====

    Read the post again. Jerry said TWO players, so he’s obviously referring to both Connor AND Jenkins.

    You know why Jenkins was able to return the very next play? Because the Cowboys went to a huddle instead of staying in no-huddle. If they had stayed in their no-huddle offense, Jenkins wouldn’t have returned.

    Let’s remember that Jerry complained about the “fake” injuries because he said the Cowboys were gaining momentum with their no-huddle offense. So, if Jenkins ended up back in the game because the Cowboys went back to a huddle, it reinforces the argument that Jerry was trying to avoid questions about how a team can get 6 takeaways and still give their opponent a chance to win.

  24. justintuckrule says: Sep 10, 2013 2:46 PM

    @paulsmith – Giants and their fans have moved onto Denver. Clearly, Dallas’ first win over NY in that monstrosity hasn’t done enough for Jones to erase the memories of the prior 4 failings or else he wouldn’t be whining about fake injuries following a win but would be talking about whoever Dallas plays this Sunday. Can’t have the “excuses” argument both ways pal.

  25. szwhtsup123 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:46 PM

    Yes “flopping” or “diving” occurs in some form in all sports, be it football, hockey, basketball, soccer, whatever. While some may consider it dirty pool, it’s a strategical part of the game, every team does it, and as a competing team you have to deal with it. Why does a self described “expert” like Jerry Jones keep talking about it after a win? Probably because it’s the first time in 5 tries his sorry butt team was finally handed a win in his house of $100 pizzas. There’s a very good possibilty that if Giants offensive coordinator Killdrive doesn’t call a play to a rookie on the game winning drive, this could be a very different convsersation.

  26. elvis2013 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:51 PM

    Connor didn’t flop, Jenkins did. Same as the two Giants did last year.

    The New York Flopping Giants

  27. peymax1693 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:54 PM

    If Connor was faking an injury, somebody should tell him he doesn’t need to pretend to be hurt so bad that he can’t come back into a key NFC East game.

  28. putinstolemyring says: Sep 10, 2013 2:57 PM

    You can’t spell “lying cheaters” without Eli!

  29. bleedgreen says: Sep 10, 2013 2:57 PM

    Did the Redskins deny it? Because their D-Lineman stood up, looked around, then fell over and grabbed their calves. Before which, no one had touched. They DESPERATELY needed help getting off the field, limping like crazy… yet 1 play later they were back in there going full speed. They should change it to ‘if an injury timeout is taken, the injured player must sit out for this and the next series’. Maybe this would curb the rampant ‘cramping’ that these guys are experiencing. Give them time to properly work those cramps out on the sidelines.

  30. awm7353 says: Sep 10, 2013 3:02 PM

    It was obvious that Jenkins was faking when he was on one knee smiling, the trainer was rubbing the shoulder, got up, looked at the sidelines, smiled, shook his head and mouthed “no”. Was it a cramp to the shoulder?

  31. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 10, 2013 3:03 PM

    antmings says: Sep 10, 2013 2:39 PM

    It’s crazy how giants fans think they almost won…please stop saying this…y’all got a garbage time TD that made it look as if u were close..every excuse u make for losing is the reason u bums lost
    ————

    And were going down to win the game, as you and other shook Dallas fans knew. Then Da’Rel Scott happened.

    You need to be focused on the Chiefs defense, who will beat your faked injury QB into the ground on Sunday. They are not playing around.

    We are already focused on Sunday vs. Denver. Typical losers, the lot of you.

  32. wagon151515 says: Sep 10, 2013 3:05 PM

    I’m glad someone brought up last year’s game when the Giants got off to a huge lead because of a bunch of Dallas turnovers. Completely forgot about that game. Cowboys ended up losing because Dez was like an inch out of the back of the end zone. Just like Giants fans could care less about the final score of that game as long as they won, any Cowboy’s fan could care less about the final score of this game. And for the second year in a row Giants fans, you lose to the Cowboys to open the season.

  33. nananatman says: Sep 10, 2013 3:11 PM

    Coughlin also said on Giants.com that the score was 34-40? I don’t know which game he was at but I’m thinking his focus was shouting at his team a lot and not really caring about over-glorified sports writers and their college football trophies at home. Also I couldn’t care less what a former stripper turned “journalist” today thinks about the things I might say.

  34. judsonjr says: Sep 10, 2013 3:13 PM

    Cullen Jenkins hurt himself kicking FG for the Packers in warmups. So really any injury for him is within the realm of possibility.

  35. justintuckrule says: Sep 10, 2013 3:15 PM

    I’m glad I don’t root for a team that needs yet another offensive advantage to win. If forcing defenses to play 2 hand touch all game wasn’t enough, they also need those defenses to be winded to score? It’s already set up like adults playing little leaguers. Whaaa to the adults crying that they can’t use their aluminum bats.

  36. justintuckrule says: Sep 10, 2013 3:18 PM

    wagon151515 says:
    Sep 10, 2013 3:05 PM

    And for the second year in a row Giants fans, you lose to the Cowboys to open the season.
    ————
    Yep. Schedule makers didn’t do us any favors like 2011 when they scheduled us two Dallas games in December…a/k/a Dallas folding month.

  37. bach2112 says: Sep 10, 2013 3:23 PM

    The double flop a few years back is all over youtube. Just type in giants flopping and watch 2 gonads swoooon at same time. Freakin priceless.

  38. mimitaroo says: Sep 10, 2013 3:25 PM

    Weren’t they on CMON MAN last year for falling over primadonna style with fake injuries?

  39. coltzfan166 says: Sep 10, 2013 3:32 PM

    They had cramps. That’s all.

  40. justintuckrule says: Sep 10, 2013 3:49 PM

    bach2112 says:
    Sep 10, 2013 3:23 PM
    The double flop a few years back is all over youtube. Just type in giants flopping and watch 2 gonads swoooon at same time. Freakin priceless.
    ————
    I did what you said. I typed in Giants and 2011 and all that popped up were Giants Super Bowl winning articles. Then, when I typed in “Giants” and “gonads”, I saw Jones’ jaw drop face and Terrell Owens crying after the 07 playoff win. Jones and Owens must be what google thinks are “gonads” I guess.

  41. BringBackTheFlex says: Sep 10, 2013 6:20 PM

    bach2112 says: “Just type in giants flopping”
    ———
    justintuckrule says:
    “I did what you said. I typed in Giants and 2011 and all that popped up were Giants Super Bowl winning articles. ”
    ————————–
    Figures a Giants fan would have reading comprehension problems.

  42. woodrree7 says: Sep 10, 2013 7:31 PM

    BILL $HIZZ!!

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