League sends out memo on faking injuries


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.

20 responses to “League sends out memo on faking injuries

  1. In other words:

    “We have this problem but we can’t write an enforceable rule to stop it, so we’re going to keep talking about it just to make sure EVERYONE thinks to do it since they know we can’t really stop them”

  2. Injury Rule during games should be something like this:

    Player who is injured cannot comeback into the game until the next(or more) offensive series starts.

    Something along those guidelines might keep players (cough, cough, Giants) from faking injuries.

  3. If someone gets hurt their replacement should have to start the next play laying down at the snap of the ball

  4. Good for the league to do this, but it is really hard to distinguish whether a player is/was seriously injured or not. The “fake” Grant injury was kinda obvious, as was the Willie McGinest “injury” back in 03 vs the Colts (he made the game saving tackle a few plays later afterwards).

    Then again, many players play through injuries as well (i.e. Nick Sundberg, several big OL and DL, etc.) so where does the line really stop? Player safety is important, but how can you really tell if someone is faking or not?

  5. I’ve been noticing alot more of this lately. A lot of players “acting” on the field. There was an obvious example of it in the Browns Ravens game where Joe Thomas flopped like he’d been shot by a small shove. Don’t turn football into soccer for God’s sake.

  6. There hasn’t needed to be an instance of it this year since the replacement refs granted timeouts whenever they were asked for.

    Now that the real refs are back, the league has to remind everyone…

  7. Seriously guys, quit being little bitches. Rub some dirt on it, walk it off, shake off the dizzies.
    Well maybe not that last statement but you know what I mean.
    Quit actin hurt. You’re supposed to be men. If your coach blows one of his timeouts because he doesn’t like the way the linebacker is smiling at the quarterback why should you give up your manhood to defend his honor? What is he your father? Are you carrying on your father’s name now?
    What are you Prince Richard III of Lockshire defending his noble throne?

  8. ah yes none of this has happened except the end of the broncos vs falcons when jerry fakes injury to stop peytons drive and momentum and then yells to peyton and says like what i did there then peyton yells he’s lying as he walks off the field. but you prob won’t post this like the first one i submitted, don’t worry i tweeted you so you cant ignore me forever

  9. The memo should’ve read… Hey, the Packers got a bad call so we got their favorite refs back. Also, since they run the no-huddle we want to make sure your injured players stay on the field or we might make an injury rule. Also Scott Green will officiate every Packer game, so expect at least one touchdown to be called per game. Good luck and we’ll see the Packers and Patriots/Steelers in New Orleans.

  10. Maybe they should remind teams not to fake season-ending injuries so they can hide developmental players without using a roster spot. *cough*Demps*cough*

  11. I hope that the New York “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up … until after the next play” Giants are paying attention to the memo.

  12. I thought that’s exactly what the 49er D-lineman was doing at the end of Sunday’s game against the Vikes — until I went home and saw the replay of his knee getting bent.

  13. Good to hear about that. And also, it’s very few players that do that. People act like the Giants do it. Only two guys did it against the Rams. I bet most people can’t even guess the two culprits.

    That being said faking injuries is wrong and I’m surprised it took this long for it to gather attention, as well as talk about the disciplinary actions that would result from it.

  14. “Then again, many players play through injuries as well (i.e. Nick Sundberg, several big OL and DL, etc.) so where does the line really stop? Player safety is important, but how can you really tell if someone is faking or not?”

    If you couldn’t tell that the Giants were faking injuries against the Rams last year there is no helping you.

    Two players fell down at once before the ball was snapped as if they were ordered to do that by their head coach.

  15. the reason the league doesn’t want to add a rule like “if you are injured you must sit out the remainder of the series” is that rule could encourage opposing players to intentionally injure other players so they would be forced (by rule) out of the game.

  16. I’ve seen defensive players do it to slow an offense’s momentum.

    If a team has to stop play for an “injured” player, that player must sit out a minimum of 4 plays/downs.

  17. After the Giants/Rams game, the rule should be that only a player that majored in theater is allowed to fake an injury.

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