The St. Louis Rams have asked the NFL to look at whether or not the New York Giants were faking injuries during their game Monday night at MetLife Stadium in an effort to get settled on defense.
“They couldn't get subbed, they couldn't line up,” Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said, according to an ESPN report. “Someone said, ‘Someone go down, someone go down,’ so someone just went down and grabbed a cramp.”
Said Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo: “That'll go on the list of things we're going to send in. I think the league is looking into it. I'll let it run its course from that point of view.”
St. Louis was clicking with a no-huddle offense that made it difficult for the Giants to substitute and get organized. Before a second-and-2 play at the Giants’ 7-yard line, New York safety Deon Grant and linebacker Jacquian Williams both went to the ground, forcing play to be halted. Grant eventually jogged off the field, but returned to the game later.
Teammate Antrel Rolle claimed Grant had a knee injury.
“Well from my standpoint on the sideline, I thought (Grant) was cramped,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “They were in a no-huddle situation and it was a hurry-up deal. I just thought that he cramped at that time or definitely had something that was bothersome to him.”
It’s will be very difficult for the Rams to prove anything here. But it sure looked suspicious when two players went down at once. Maybe the NFL will turn up some audio of what Bradford said he heard.
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