Brian Urlacher says that Bears players faked injuries

Bears legend says that they faked injuries to stop the clock

9/5/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

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Brian Urlacher is retired now, and all of his former coaches have left the Bears, so I'm sure he really doesn't care about the ramifications of his statements at this point. He wants to keep his name in the spotlight, and apparently he found a way to do it.

Urlacher says that when the Bears were playing some high-powered no-huddle offenses, they would fake injuries to stop the clock and give their defense a chance to rest and reset their personnel.

Technically, the NFL can't really do anything about it, particularly with their newly increased focus on player safety. On the off chance that a seemingly fake injury is legitimate, they have to tread very carefully if they even try to enforce a rule against this sort of activity.

That having been said, now that Urlacher has publicly admitted to the Bears doing it in the past, one would assume that they're not the only one and there are several teams doing this. We even saw it in the Georgia-Clemson game last weekend:

What's your take on this tactic? Should the NFL do more to prevent this? Is it inherently wrong? Or is it just gamesmanship? Let us know what your take is on this situation, and what the NFL should do (if anything).
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9/6/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

I don't know how much of it is team directed, however at least 2-3 times a game it sure seems like a guy will head to the sidelines looking like he has just been in a car wreck and headed towards year ending injured reserve list only to make a miracle recovery and barely miss a play.

9/5/13   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

Yea, I'm pretty sure this happens all the time, in every sport (I remember years ago laughing at Giguere in the playoffs for messing with his gear even though there was nothing going on with it, to slow things down a bit,) and on every level. I'm unable to get too worked up about it. 

9/5/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

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Okay, I know there have been hundreds of times while watching a clutch game that some player or another has gone down and I've screamed at the TV.  Usually something along the lines of "DIVE A**HOLE!!" Or "Oh like THAT really hurt!" or simply "OMFG Are you kidding me?".

I was at a CFL game where a player had his neck broken and remember the horror of the injury as word made its way around the stadium that it was a serious injury.  The delay to safely remove him from the field to prevent further injury was a long one, and the care taken was warranted.  

I think we all know players "dive" on occasion, and while it might give an advantage of rest to their team, the other team also benefits.  I wouldn't want to see the NFL try to enforce a diving rule.  It could very well result in greater injury to a player who is not diving and is really hurt.  

Part of the game, I guess.