The New York Giants suffered multiple injuries on Sunday night, including a concussion to cornerback Prince Amukamara and a burner to linebacker Dan Connor. Neither player would return to the game, but that didn't stop Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones from accusing Big Blue of faking injuries.
"I thought us experts on football were the only ones who could see that," Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said, laughing and winking. "No, 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."
Jones' comments were likely directed at the back-to-back injuries to Connor and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (shoulder). And while Connor didn't return, Jenkins was back in the game after only a few plays. The belief is that the injuries were staged in an effort to slow down the Cowboys' no-huddle offense.
At the time of Jenkins' injury, Dallas tight end Jason Witten could be seen yelling at an official: "They're faking! They're faking!" Ultimately, no penalties were called and the Cowboys ended up scoring on a 15-yard pass to Witten anyway.
"I thought we got them moving a lot and got them pretty tired during that stretch," Romo said. "They obviously had a bunch of injuries in that stretch. Tough break, I know. Seemed to come back pretty good after that, though."
This isn't the first time the Giants have been accused of faking injuries. Back in September of 2011, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez accused safety Deon Grant of faking injuries to slow down their offense — something Grant vehemently denied. But shortly after that, former Giants linebacker Bryan Kehl admitted that Perry Fewell taught his players to fake injuries.
Given that Connor would not return to the game, it's obvious he wasn't faking anything. As far as Jenkins? Well, he's the only one that truly knows.
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