Reggie Bush says Saints Faked Injuries

The New York Giants appeared to fake injuries on Monday night against the Rams in an attempt to slow down the hurry-up offense. Deon Grant was adamant throughout the week that his knee injury was legitimate, but it looked suspicious when two Giants players went down at the same time. The NFL issued a memo to teams telling them not to fake injuries. The league appears to be cracking down on the issue.

Some teams have tacitly indicated that they coach players to fake injuries. Even the Giants defensive coordinator didn’t deny that he teaches the practice. Heck, even Reggie Bush says his team used to do it in New Orleans.

“We actually had that before in New Orleans,” Bush said, referring to the fake injury play. “It’s just one of those things when you get those hurry-up offensive teams. I mean, it’s legal. They haven’t made any rules yet to say it’s not legal.

“… For the most part you’re supposed to have a designated guy for that. It’s not supposed to be four or five guys falling on the ground at the same time. Obviously that looks real bush league.”

Even if there isn’t a specific rule against feigning injuries, it’s probably not the best idea to brag about employing the practice. The competition committee discourages coaches from encouraging players to fake injuries, and now the NFL plans to issue fines, suspensions, or remove draft picks if teams are caught doing it. Let’s hope the Saints are no longer encouraging the practice.

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  • Anonymous

    I actually like him when he’s honest for once

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LFHZJGW4Y6KIH725OXU2FN6V3A Joel

    Reggie’s family got the house eight months before the Heisman.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I was just joking about that. Turns out there is no specific rule against faking injuries, but the NFL clearly does not want teams doing it. So technically, Bush was correct.

  • Gene

    Fainting to stop the clock and gain extra time is as old as the hills, and was not limited to the pros.  The first time I became acquainted with the practice was in 1953 when Frank Varrichione faked an injury by fainting at the end of the first half AND at the end of the game to allow Notre Dame to tie Iowa 14-14.  He openly admitted it, and his nickname in the pros was “Fainting Frank”.  You can look him up.

  • Anonymous

    The first step is admitting the problem and NOT saying: we can’t do anything until the offseason rules committee meets and votes. Of course where was the NFL’s reaction in week 1 when the Cowboys said their communications kept going out at crucial moments? That’s more serious Belicheat style cheating IMHO. If the NFL can punish a guy for hiring an agent and leaving college, they can punish these idiots.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I really don’t understand why they don’t just add that. And why did it take so long?

  • Anonymous

    The only one on the Saints team who was faking injuries was Reggie Bush.  He was also hurt when he found out that Kim K was faking it too.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KPVPITGMTXWI4LPUC6NPDZH3WU Thug

    What about impersonatiing a football player Reggie?  A little upset you got traded to a team going nowhere

  • http://www.facebook.com/westnlas Gary West

    I believe anytime the game is disrupted by an injured player, that player should have to be sidelined for 2 changes of possession. Truly injured players need the break and those who fake it can watch for a few plays.