The Dallas Cowboys got a quick jump on the New York Giants with three turn-overs in the G-Men’s first three possessions. They didn’t quite capitalize on those chances. When they were on offense the Cowboys used a ‘hurry-up’ at times, particularly in the second and third quarters. New York Giants players would go down with injuries and sit there.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn’t think the injuries were legitimate.
“I thought us experts on football were the only ones who could see that,” Jones said when asked if Giants players were faking injuries. “I didn’t know everybody could.
“It was so obvious it was funny. It wasn’t humorous because we really wanted the advantage and knew we could get it if we could get the ball snapped.”
Recently Brian Urlacher said that the Chicago Bears had designated divers who would fake injuries to slow down the game and five the defense a rest. The NFL responded by distributing a reminder to all 32 teams that faking injuries are forbidden by the league.
According to the Dallas Morning News, “the NFL Competition Committee “deprecates feigning injuries, with subsequent withdrawal, to obtain a timeout without penalty.””
Getting caught can mean fines to players and coaches and clubs, as well as forfeiting draft picks or suspensions.