Rams Cry Foul, League Threatens Teams

Or just another day in the NFL.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

If you watched the yawn fest that was the Monday night game between the St. Louis Rams and the New York Giants, then 1. you are a braver soul than I and 2. you saw a Rams team that looked like it couldn't beat a high school team, let alone a rather weakened team like the Giants. The rams looked dysfunctional and their timing was horrible. They never seemed to be able to get their act together on offense.

Apparently, some of that was the Giants fault, and not because of any clever defensive schemes being thrown out.

No, the Rams are claiming that the Giants were faking injuries to slow down the Rams up tempo no-huddle offense. More specifically, in the first quarter when the Rams had driven down to the Giants 7 and had a short second down, two Giants players, safety Deon Grant and linebacker Jacquian Williams both just dropped to the turf. Grant in particularly looked like a fish out of water as he writhed in 'pain'.

If you ask St. Louis, it was a performance worthy of an Oscar.

"They couldn't get subbed, they couldn't line up," Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said. "Someone said, 'Someone go down, someone go down,' so someone just went down and grabbed a cramp."

On the Giants side of things, they are being adamant that no tom foolery was being had and that Grant was legitimately bothered at the time.

"Well, from my standpoint on the sideline, I thought he was cramped," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "They were in a no-huddle situation and it was a hurry-up deal. I just thought that he cramped at that time or definitely had something that was bothersome to him."

Grant ended up jogging off the field under his own power and later returned to the game showing no lingering effect of any injury. Giants safety Antoine Rolle sides with his teammate that their was a legitimate reason he dropped  but said that even if he did fake it, that it would fall under the realm of 'a good teammate' if he did.

"This is the NFL, no one is dumb in this league," Rolle said on WFAN 660. "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."

The Rams sent the complaint to the league offices and in response, they sent out a memo to all 32 teams that faking injuries is prohibited and could lead to “fines of coaches, players, and clubs, suspensions or forfeiture of draft choices" if caught.