Deon Grant is not the first and he won't be the last NFL player to "suffer" an injury while an opposing team is in hurry-up mode. And while the Giants are sticking to their story on his apparent flop in the first quarter of last night's game against the Rams -- Tom Coughlin said he thought Grant had a cramp, Antrel Rolle said that Grant really did hurt his knee but he didn't know if it was on that play -- the situation certainly is not limited to only the Giants and Rams.
In fact, in his press conference earlier today, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about defensive players having curious injuries when an offense is pushing the ball in a no-huddle style.
"Well, it's nothing we have control over so we just try to do what we can do and execute the plays when we get an opportunity to execute them the best that we can," he said. "The decisions made by other people are their decisions."
Then Belichick was asked if such an injury can be an effective disruption to the flow that an offense is trying to set.
"Well I think we all see that the way the game is now there are different breaks in the game at all points in time," he said. "You can have the momentum or positive things going on in your favor and we stop and review a play or review a score or a play gets challenged or a player gets injured or, you know, or a beach ball rolls onto the field or it could be a dog runs out there. It could be anything. Streakers. Things happen. That's just part of being focused and playing through the situation, whatever it is that comes up, things you can't control. Plays are going to get reviewed. Plays are going to get reviewed, plays are going to get stopped. Momentum and the tempo is going to change. You have to be able to deal with it on both sides of the ball, for it or against it, on the road and at home. It's just part of the game. I think if you want to address that whole issue then that's something that needs to go to the people who make the rules."