NFL warns teams about faking injuries

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From time to time, defenses perhaps try to take the steam out of potent offenses that want to play with increased tempo by having one or more players pretend to be injured. The league office isn’t pretending to be unhappy about that.

On Friday, the league office sent a memo to all teams warning against “deliberate actions to delay the game.” Otherwise known as fake injuries.

Here’s the full language:

“The NFL continues to emphasize the importance of upholding the integrity of the game and competitive fairness as our highest priority. We have observed multiple instances of clubs making a deliberate attempt to stop play unnecessarily this season. Pages A18 and A66. of the 2022 Policy Manual for Member Clubs — Game Operations state the following:

‘Any deliberate attempt by a team and/or player to stop play unnecessarily; prolong or delay the process; improperly take advantage of a stoppage in play; or influence the actions of an ATC Spotter will be’ considered an ‘unfair act’ and may result in discipline, in addition to any on-field penalty assessed by the Game Officials.

‘Clubs and players are advised that, should the League office determine that there is reasonable cause, all those suspected of being involved in faking injuries will be interviewed and medical records will be reviewed. . . .’

“Clubs and individuals determined to be in violation of this rule will be subject to League discipline ‘to include a minimum fine of $350,000 for the club, a minimum fine of $100,000 for the head coach, a minimum fine of $50,000 for assistant coaches, if applicable, and a minimum fine of $50,000 for players. Please be advised that violations of this rule may also result in suspensions of persons involved, and/or the forfeiture of a draft choice(s), including for first offenses. Clubs, club personnel (including head coaches and assistant coaches), and players have been held accountable for their actions this season.”

Per a league source, there are multiple cases currently under investigation when it comes to fake injuries.

35 responses to “NFL warns teams about faking injuries

  1. Check the film for every team that has played the Chiefs this year. They are so good when going up tempo.

  2. Bates did this today versus Chiefs…its garbage..everyones Chief game is their superbowl

  3. Yikes Mike Brown is gonna be pissed when he sees that fine from the Jesse bates “injury” today.

  4. Yaaaa right Yet they wont put an eye in the sky to help stop plays well after the snap clock reaches 0 – but they want to stop guys from getting a muscle cramp.

  5. Vegas is clearly getting to the players. Casinos want more time to take more in-game bets. This is just the beginning.

  6. Wah, kind of obvious where the complaints came from. Here’s a hint. He’s fat and he lost today.

  7. When is NBC going to replace these idiots on Sunday night football…my goodness, dungy and that idiot Garrett….

  8. Okay, but in fairness, it is FIFA World Cup season, and the inspiration for fake injuries is just so plentiful… 😉

  9. ariani1985 says:
    December 4, 2022 at 7:38 pm
    What about teams that sell fake stock? 🤔
    That was a good one

  10. There is a simple solution. If you go down on the field and cant get up and off the field by yourself, you must stay out for the remainder of that series. This has become a joke this year. Fining the wealthy is not a deterrent.

  11. If the NFL wants to put an end to teams faking injuries (looking at you Packers and Bengals!), take a draft pick away from them and that stuff will immediately end. It’s disgusting and unsportsmanlike.

  12. Can we not pretend that every team, everwhere, since forever has done this. Ergo, the NFL “reminding” teams about it.

  13. Whatever

    1st down you are out the rest of the quarter or half

    2nd time. You are out the game

    That’ll fix it

    Willie McGinnest was the King

  14. “The NFL continues to emphasize the importance of upholding the integrity of the game…” See Miami Dolphins owner re integrity (most recent). See penalties called in favor of the offense (create hype at the expense of game integrity). See Cleveland QB playing today at the expense of women (player potential vs the integrity of society) etc etc.

  15. Yeah that`s been going on since Dan Fouts Chargers so i`ll believe they actually care when they do something. Until they do why wouldn`t defenses do it? Unsportsman like? Give me a break. Go play golf! If your team isn`t willing to stretch the rules as far as officials will let them then their the one`s you should be mad at.

  16. If you were wondering why LeBron never considered a career in football, now you know.

  17. Simple idea: any defensive player that gets injured to the extent that the game clock is paused must leave the field and not return until a change of possession.


  19. I support a change to the rules that would pull out an “injured” player for a minimum of 8 plays on the side of the ball where the injury occurred – in other words, if a Chiefs defender is injured, then he has to sit out 8 plays when other team is on offense. You can’t do it for just the rest of a series, because there’s not enough deterrent for red zone fakes.

  20. Possible forfeit of the game, in addition to multi-game suspensions and hefty fines would get teams to think twice about it. The suspensions should be for all involved (coaches, trainers, and players).

    It’s crazy to require the refs to also be doctors to determine whether or not an injury is legit. I have no idea how they can make that call during a game. But if the post game investigation is conclusive, forfeiting the game would right the wrong.

  21. What about teams that sell fake stock? 🤔
    What about the multi-multi millionaires who still want to stick it to the taxpayers. At least the stock is voluntary.

  22. packers need to take note. A guy looks like he is about ready to be carted off but suddenly gets up, runs off the field and is back in the very next play.

  23. The League’s determination that this is an “unfair act” under Rule 17 means that the penalties are not limited to those listed and can include reversal of the game outcome.

    That would generate some PFT comments . .

  24. Well since every rule favors the offense so heavily the defenses have to figure out some way to breathe some type of advantage. Let’s stop pretending the NFL is in any way at all about fairness!

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