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Steve Savard: NFL to put hurt on teams that fake injuries

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New York Giants defensive back Deon Grant is helped up by trainers during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) By Julio Cortez New York Giants defensive back Deon Grant is helped up by trainers during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) By Julio Cortez

(FootballStL) -- Say what you want about the job Roger Goodell has done as NFL Commissioner, and opinions do vary, at least he addresses issues promptly. We could only wish that baseball's psuedo-commish Bud Selig would do the same. The NFL today acted promptly in addressing a gamesmanship issue that surfaced in the Rams-Giants game.

The Rams were wearing the Giants defense out with an up-tempo, no huddle approach on offense. With the Giants reeling and backed up inside the five yard line, safety Deon Grant feigned an injury. And, no I don't need to use the word "allegedly" here. Anyone who watched the game and has a double digit I.Q. figured out exactly what Grant was doing. Sam Bradford says he heard a Giants player say, "go down." Grant didn't even have the good sense to limp off the field. He ran, almost sprinted, to the Giants sideline after play was stopped and his teammates had caught their breath. That may be why I was so upset. Does Grant think we're THAT stupid? Is it too much to look like you're in pain?

 

The Rams complained to the league and the NFL has responded. The league is threatening fines and suspensions to players and possible loss of draft picks for teams if players fake injuries in the future. It's a ruling that had to be handed down. But let me be honest here--the Rams may have done the same thing in that situation. As D'Marco Farr said on our Rams Radio broadcast, Steve Spagnuolo might even teach his guys the same tactic. It was, as it turned out, a smart move by the Giants. The Rams momentum was stopped and they eventually settled for a field goal.

The bottom line is the NFL has acted promptly to an issue that could affect the integrity of the game. I don't know exactly how you enforce it but it's a start. The smart NFL coaches will react by telling their players to actually look hurt when they get up off the turf. A little limp and a grimace may prevent the NFL from taking action. But I'm sure Deon Grant and Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin are glad Grant did what he did.

--Steve Savard, News 4 Sports

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