Bad Acting Job? Rams Claim Giants Faked Injury To Slow Offense
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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Mistakes cost the Rams dearly in their first Monday night appearance since 2006.
St. Louis is in part blaming the Giants for the loss — and they’re not talking about Big Blue’s superior play at MetLife Stadium.
They’re upset about New York’s alleged acting job.
Rams quarterback Bradford passed for a career-best 331 yards, although he was only 22 for 46. He was particularly effective in the no-huddle offense, until St. Louis got near the goal line.
The Rams stalled three times inside the 10, once getting thwarted on 1st-and-goal from the 1, settling for chip-shot field goals by Josh Brown.
The Rams were not happy with the Giants’ counterattack, apparently feigning injury to disrupt the tempo when Jacquian Williams and Deon Grant dropped to the ground in the first quarter. Spagnuolo said the team has notified the league office.
“That’ll go on the list of things we’re going to send in,” Spagnuolo said. “I think the league is looking into it. I’ll let it run its course from that point of view.”
The NFL sent a memo Wednesday to all 32 teams warning of fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks if the league determines players faked injuries during a game.
“This is the NFL, no one is dumb in this league,” Giants safety Antrel Rolle told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts Tuesday. “Many teams do it all the time. In my eyes as a veteran, it was an extremely smart play on their behalf if they were in fact faking.”
Bradford was “upset” and said it was obvious the Giants were just buying time.
“They couldn’t get subbed, they couldn’t line up,” Bradford said. “Someone said, ‘Someone go down, someone go down,’ so someone just went down and grabbed a cramp. And I was pretty frustrated about that.”
“Grant actually did hurt his knee. I don’t know if it was on that particular play or not,” said Rolle. “He was complaining that his knee was bothering him.”
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he was not aware whether Grant was faking an injury to slow down the Rams’ no-huddle offense.
“From my standpoint, I thought he was cramped,” said Coughlin. “When I looked down on the field all I saw was a player down.”
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