(FootballStL) -- Two days after New York Giants safety Deon Grant was accused of faking an injury in a game against the St. Louis Rams, the NFL released a memo with a stern warning to all 32 teams. If a player is believed to have faked an injury the league may fine, suspend and take draft picks away from the player’s team.
On Wednesday, the frustration was still felt in the Rams locker room despite the warning.
“I understand that when guys go down the officials have to make a judgment call,” quarterback Sam Bradford said. “When they see someone on the ground they just can’t let it go because if the guy seriously is injured, he could become even more injured on that play. At the same time, an offense is in a no-huddle and it’s fairly evident the defense goes down just to slow the offense down.”
Bradford, as well as head coach Steve Spagnuolo, admitted they had not read the memo before Wednesday’s practice. Bradford believes players that fake injuries should be penalized.
“It’s not like when they have a couple of guys go down, they look over and one of them sees the other guy on the ground and gets up,” Bradford said. “It’s like, you’ve got to be kidding me.”
Spagnuolo was happy the league had addressed the issue, but he is not certain how injuries can be deemed fake or not.
“It’s one of those subjective things,” Spagnuolo said. “How can you pass judgement on somebody who might be injured and say they’re not? They could be and then you have a whole other issue. It’s a tough deal.”
Rams center Jason Brown was very adamant that Grant had faked the injury.
“We were talking a lot of trash at him (Grant) and his teammates were all smiling,” Brown said. “They knew exactly what was going on. Even after the guy (Grant) got up, the fans in the stands were clapping like ‘oh, oh he got up. Yeah he’s not really hurt.’ We knew he wasn’t hurt and I’m like ‘I’m not clapping for him.’”
Brown believes that stoppage of play killed the Rams momentum as they were charging down the field in their no-huddle offense.
“It gave them time to regroup, it gave them time to rest and recover because their tongues were hanging out,” Brown said.
The Rams did not score on the drive after the incident and lost 28-16 to the Giants. The Rams play host to the Baltimore Ravens and the game can be seen on KMOV-TV (Channel 4) at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
by Scott Bierman, FootballStL
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