There aren’t many ways to slow down todays high powered NFL offenses, unless of course you count “faking” injuries as an effective tactic.
Well that’s exactly what the New York Giants defense seemed to do Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, a move that long-time Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, did not seem too fond of,
“I thought us experts on football were the only ones who could see that,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said, laughing and winking. “No, it was so obvious it was funny. It wasn’t humorous because we really wanted the advantage and knew we could get it if we could get the ball snapped.”
The plays in questions came in the second quarter, when on back-to-back plays the Giants lost linebacker Dan Connor to a stinger and defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins to an apparent shoulder injury. The Cowboys, though, thought there was some gamesmanship involved.
Connor, who who had an injury plagued year last season with the Cowboys, did not return to the game. Jenkins, however, jogged off the field and quickly returned.
Prior to the start of the season the NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams about “faking injuries,” saying that a team would be subject to disciplinary action even if no penalties were called in the game.
While the case can certainly be made that the Giants, particularly in the case of Cullen Jenkins, were using the strategy, it is another thing for the NFL to be able to prove so, making the league issuing any kind of penalty against the Giants very unlikely.