Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is accusing the New York Giants of faking injuries to try to slow down Sunday’s opening game of the 2013 season, and fans of America’s Team say he has a point.
The Cowboys were stymied while going to their hurry-up offense in the second quarter after Giants players went down with what appeared to be injuries. Jones, and many Cowboys players, weren’t convinced.
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“I thought us experts on football were the only ones who could see that,” ESPN reported Jones as saying
when asked if he thought the Giants were faking it. “I didn’t know everybody could. No, it was so obvious it was funny. It wasn’t humorous because we really wanted the advantage, and we knew we could get it if we could get the ball snapped.”
Fans booed New York’s apparent tactics, and Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett talked with referee Tony Corrente, but the Giants were not penalized.
Linebacker Dan Conner went down with a neck injury and Cullen Jenkins was lost to an apparent shoulder injury on successive plays. Jenkins jogged off the field, but quickly returned. Conner, who suffered similar injuries last season, was held out of the game.
Whether the Giants tried to cheat or not, it didn’t work. Dallas scored a touchdown on the drive and went into halftime with a 13-3 lead.
The Dallas Morning News reported that the NFL recently distributed a memo
to every franchise reminding them that faking injuries to slow down the game was not allowed. The league’s Competition Committee “deprecates feigning injuries, with subsequent withdrawal, to obtain a timeout without penalty,” the memo said.
If NFL officials believe a team is cheating, it can fine coaches, players, and clubs, or even go so far as suspending players and forcing teams to forfeit draft choices.
Dallas fans on Sunday were all over Twitter to let their feelings be known.
“#NYGiants doing what they do best…Faking injuries,” tweeted @oc2.
#NYGiants = the best at faking injuries to slow the opposing offense down. Lol.” tweeted @GinoRimando.
The Cowboys won, by the way, 36-31.
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