Giants’ Fewell Won’t Confirm, Deny Faking Injuries; Grant Calls Accusation ‘A Lie’
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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — You could say the Giants’ defensive coordinator didn’t want to thrown any more Fewell on the fire.
Perry Fewell would neither deny nor confirm on Thursday that he has instructed Big Blue players to fake injuries.
The St. Louis Rams accused the Giants, particularly safety Deon Grant, of feigning injuries on Monday night to slow down their offense after New York beat St. Louis 28-16 on Monday night.
According to Howard Balzer of The Sports Xchange, one Rams player — and former Giants linebacker — says the Giants are being instructed on faking injuries.
“Perry Fewell coaches that,” Bryan Kehl told Balzer. “He’s their (defensive coordinator). He coaches that.”
Kehl was with the Giants when Fewell was hired in 2010. He was waived after Week 1 last year and claimed by St. Louis.
“I can’t say I’ve ever done that and I can’t say that I haven’t done that,” said Fewell. “I know that (Grant) was down and I was glad that he got up, and he was able to play. If the guy can’t play to his full potential and he was hurt, then he was hurt. But I can’t say I did and I can’t say I’ve never done that. So I’m not gonna go back and forth about it.”
Grant denied faking an injury and fired back at Kehl on Thursday.
“That’s a lie. That’s a lie,” said Grant. “Perry never said that a day in his meetings since I’ve been here. And Kehl’s been here as long as I have with Perry Fewell.”
“I lost a lot of respect for him because he lied,” Grant added. “Perry Fewell never coached that a day in his life.”
The Rams seemed miffed that Grant went down with an alleged injury to his right knee late in the first quarter after the Cadillac Williams gained eight yards to the New York 7-yard line.
After the injury on first down, the Rams had to settle for a field goal.
The NFL sent a memo Wednesday to all 32 teams on Wednesday warning of fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks if the league determines players faked injuries during a game.
“Even if that’s something I was coached and I go somewhere else, I’m not selling out the guys that I went to war with,” said Grant. “That’s just not me. So that’s a coward move if that was the case, and he still said something about it, but it’s even worse when he lies. A grown man lying on another grown man, that’s terrible.”
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