Tags: brian urlacher | bears | faked | injuries

Brian Urlacher: Bears 'Dive Guy' Faked Injuries to Slow Down Foes

Image: Brian Urlacher: Bears 'Dive Guy' Faked Injuries to Slow Down Foes

Thursday, 05 Sep 2013 11:25 AM

By Clyde Hughes

Retired Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said Tuesday that the Chicago Bears would fake injuries to slow down teams with fast-paced, no-huddle offenses.

Urlacher pulled the veil off of a hush-hush but long-suspected practice during the "Fox Football Daily" talk show on the new Fox Sports 1.

Urgent: Should U.S. Strike Syria? Vote Here

"We used to have a thing, the coach would go like this," Urlacher said, simulating a diving motion. "We had guy who was a 'designated dive guy,' so when the coach would go like that, he'd get 'hurt.' ... He'd be the guy who would fake an injury."

Urlacher made the comments while talking about how University of California fans were upset with Northwestern players for falling to the ground during a Saturday game to slow down the pace, though Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald denied his players were acting.

For the Bears, the former All-Pro linebacker said it was "part of our game plan" on long drives by opponents or early in the season when the defense would get tired.

Urlacher declined to name the player who made the "dive" signal.

While the tactic is difficult for referees to identify, the NFL can fine teams if they prove that players faked an injury to stop the clock or delay the game.

ProFootballTalk.com dug up page 19 of the NFL Rule Book, which explains the rule.

"The Competition Committee deprecates feigning injuries, with subsequent withdrawal, to obtain a timeout without penalty. Coaches are urged to cooperate in discouraging this practice," the rule says.

Urgent: Should Obamacare be Repealed? Vote Here Now

Related stories:

NFL Agrees to $765 Million Settlement in Concussion Lawsuit

NFL Players' Union Says Patriots Owe Accused Killer Hernandez $82K

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Melissa Rivers Files Malpractice Suit Over Mother Joan's Endoscopy Death

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 11:45 AM

Melissa Rivers filed a medical malpractice suit against two doctors and three anesthesiologists in Manhattan Supreme Cou . . .

US Exonerations 2014: Pardons Reach Record High of 125

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 11:41 AM

U.S. exonerations in 2014 reach a record high of 125, according to a new report released Tuesday, thanks to prosecutors  . . .

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen Getting Back to Work After ATV Tragedy

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 11:29 AM

Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen gets back to work on Friday for the Pac-12 Networks, full of energy seven months aft . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved