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.
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"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.
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.
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