Texans faked an injury to save a timeout

USA Today

The Texans may find themselves in hot water with the league after they engaged in some poor sportsmanship to get themselves a free timeout in their Thanksgiving win over the Lions.

With eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Texans realized they had 12 players on the field on defense. Two players, A.J. Moore and Charles Omenihu, started to run off the field to avoid a penalty. Then Omenihu, realizing they were now going to be left shorthanded, just flopped onto the ground and pretended he was hurt. An official called an injury timeout and the Texans were able to get the right personnel on the field before the next play. The Texans weren’t penalized and didn’t lose a timeout.

Omenihu was obviously faking; he was shown on the sideline afterward laughing and not getting medical attention.

This is a blatant violation of NFL rules. In 2012 the Steelers and Emmanuel Sanders were fined after Sanders faked an injury, and in 2013 the league sent a memo to all 32 teams reminding them that fake injuries can result in “fines of coaches, players, and clubs, suspensions or forfeiture of draft choices.”

The NFL should crack down on the Texans and Omenihu, unless the league wants to tell every team that they can cheat and get away with it.

36 responses to “Texans faked an injury to save a timeout

  1. It’s not surprising that the Steelers were guilty of this. What is surprising is that either the Patriots never thought to do this, or they’ve yet to be caught doing this.

  2. If play is stopped because a player needs to be helped off the field, he should be out of the game — not permitted to return.

  3. I remember multiple Giants players flopping to stop Chip Kelly’s hurry-up offense when they obviously weren’t hurt. I doubt that the league will do anything. The importance of the integrity of the game varies a lot depending on who is involved and how much media coverage it gets for the league office.

  4. Knowing the way the league operates they will probably take their 1st round draft pick which belongs to the Dolphins 🙁

  5. Maybe the NFL will get so mad at the Texans they will take another draft pick away from the Raiders.

  6. but he wasn’t wearing a patrots helmet.
    first strike is a warning
    second strike is a fine
    third strike the player gets traded to the jets

    problerm solved.

  7. Knowing the twisted way that Park Avenue operates, and given that Romeo Crennel was a long time New England coach, the Patriots will be losing a draft choice!!!!!

  8. If the LV Raiders tried to pull a stunt like this , “draconian” treatment from the league would be an understatement. They’d be suspended a year and lose draft picks for two years .

  9. Considering what a clown show this game was, I can’t help but laugh at that. I didn’t see this part but I can just imagine in my head, one of the Texans players realizing what was going on and doing a soccer style flop. Hilarious.

  10. it was the players decision. team shouldn’t be punished.
    .
    suspend the player for the rest of the season.

  11. zzbrock says:
    November 27, 2020 at 9:15 am
    Well you. Can’t take draft choices away they don’t have any.

    _______

    Excellent point.

  12. The Giants game that was mentioned up above was one of the funniest things I can remember. Though I thought it was against the Saints on Sun Night Football. And the giants defense was getting abused all drive and down inside the 10, 4 giants players all dropped like a rock in the end zone, pretending to be hurt. Hahahahaha. Of course, nothing happened to the giants.

  13. “I remember multiple Giants players flopping to stop Chip Kelly’s hurry-up offense”

    The Giants also did that against a horrible Rams team in 2011

  14. The Colts used to do it to stop the Patriots offense in the Manning days, Pats used it to stop the Chargers in the playoffs, Giants faking injuries against the Rams earlier last decade, etc. It’s more common than folks care to admit.

  15. I have to laugh at this. Why? Because I see it happen all the time and nothing is done about it. Omenihu’s mistake was he was a poor actor and got caught.
    In 1963, the then young Cassius Clay (AKA Muhammed Ali) fought Henry Cooper in England. Cooper hit Clay with one of the hardest punches he ever was hit with and Clay collapsed. The bell sounded and Clay’s trainer Angelo Dundee noticed that Clay had a slight tear in one of his gloves, and Dundee ripped it open and told the referee it needed to be taped, allowing Clay more time to regain his senses. Dundee also broke open an ammonia capsule and put it under Clay’s nose, which though illegal, was very common.
    Clay regained his senses and stopped Cooper on cuts.
    The point is, cheating has been a big part of all sports forever. The NFL is no exception. As the old saying goes, it’s only cheating if you get caught.

  16. zzbrock says:
    November 27, 2020 at 9:15 am
    Well you. Can’t take draft choices away they don’t have any.

    Right, this team has punished themselves enough over the years with their own decisions. Give them a warning this time.

  17. patsfan1818 says:
    November 27, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    The Colts used to do it to stop the Patriots offense in the Manning days, Pats used it to stop the Chargers in the playoffs, Giants faking injuries against the Rams earlier last decade, etc. It’s more common than folks care to admit.

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    You obviously forgot the famous Willie McGinest fake injury with the Patriots on the Colts final drive against the Patriots. Peyton was driving the team, the Pats were gassed, and Willie fake his injury. That game ended up determining who got the homefield in the post-season that year.

    So color me shocked that a Romeo Crennel team would do this fake injury!

  18. Its not like we don’t see this happen all the time, with varied levels of believability. They now have to sit out for at least one play, if Im not mistaken, right? Maybe it should be the rest of that series of plays (til a score/punt/turnover). If a player has to miss several consecutive plays it would at least cut down the number of times this tactic is used. Not much else can be done; sometimes a player gets dinged, recovers after a minute and is ok… the NFL/officials cant determine who is actually hurt or not, it would be a mess if they tried.

  19. “I remember multiple Giants players flopping to stop Chip Kelly’s hurry-up offense”

    The Giants also did that against a horrible Rams team in 2011.
    ———————————–
    The Vlade Divac Flopper All-Star Team.

  20. Does the NFL want to nip this in the bud? Then suspend the player for a game. That will make other players think twice about doing that and I doubt you’ll ever see this happen again.

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