According to reports, the St. Louis Rams are going to submit a complaint to the NFL about the Giants faking injuries during the Rams hurry up offense to slow the game down so they could make substitutions.
Tom Coughlin was pretty mum on the whole situation, not surprisingly. He said during his time with the media today:
“Well, from my standpoint on the sideline, I thought (Grant) was cramped. They were in a no-huddle situation, a hurry-up deal. I just thought he cramped at that time or definitely had something that was bothersome to him. When I looked out on the field, all I saw was the injured player.”
Rams QB Sam Bradford of course has a much different take on what happened:
“They couldn’t get subbed, they couldn’t line up,” Bradford said. “Someone said, ‘Someone go down, someone go down,’ so someone just went down and grabbed a cramp.”
Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo said of the matter:
“That’ll go on the list of things we’re going to send in. I think the league is looking into it. I’ll let it run its course from that point of view.”
I think it’s pretty obvious what happened, and the Giants are not the only team that has been caught in the act of using this tactic. I doubt there is much that can or will be done about this, aside from changing timeout rules pertaining to injured players as PFT points out is a possibility.