Posted September 05, 2013

NFL sends memo to teams warning against faking injuries

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The NFL sent out a memo warning teams against faking injuries. (Getty Images)

The NFL sent out a memo warning teams against faking injuries. (Getty Images)

The NFL has sent out a league-wide memo warning teams against faking injuries as a way to slow down opposing offenses, according to an ESPN report. Teams were reminded that players faking injury can face severe disciplinary action and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

The memo also let teams know that “violators of this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action for conduct detrimental to the game which could include fines of coaches, players, and clubs, suspensions or forfeiture of draft choices.” NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino said that incidents of faking injuries can be reviewed through video replay.

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said that during his 13 years with the team, the Bears employed a strategy to fake injuries to slow high-powered offenses from collecting momentum. Bears coach Marc Trestman and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker denied Urlacher’s claim.

From the NFL’s memo via ESPN.com:

“We have instructed all officials to be on the alert for violations of this rule. Further, if it is determined by video review or other means available to the League office that defensive players are engaging in such practices, such players and their coaches may be subject to disciplinary action,” said the memo, sent by Dean Blandino in his first year as the NFL’s vice president of officiating.


3 comments
GladysGill003
GladysGill003

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dboy5400
dboy5400

DO NOT let Football turn into wussy futbol.  If a player is "hurt" and it stops the game, he must sit out the rest of the series.

TheBlkGuyFrmWrk
TheBlkGuyFrmWrk

@dboy5400 I was thinking more along the lines if the get "hurt" after the two minute warning they have to sit out the rest of the quarter. But in either scenario teams could send in a  backup and have them fake an injury then it wouldn't hurt the team as much