Perry Fewell did not deny that he coaches his players to fake injuries when an offense is running a hurry-up against them.
He wouldn’t admit to it either.
“I can’t say I’ve ever done that and I can’t say that I haven’t done that,” the Giants’ defensive coordinator said.
This stems from an incident Monday night when Deon Grant appeared to flop and feign a knee injury to slow down a Rams drive. Grant insisted yesterday that he was legitimately hurt, but in St. Louis, former Giants linebacker Bryan Kehl reportedly said that Fewell teaches his players to fake injuries to break up an offense’s momentum.
Fewell used almost the exact same language Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan used yesterday when asked if he had ever instructed a player to fake an injury.
"I can’t say I have," Shanahan said, “but I won’t say I haven’t, either."
The NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams on Wednesday reminding them of their policies against faking injuries to stop the game clock and telling teams that coaches and players could be subject to fines and teams could be docked draft picks if it is proven that they did so. The NFL has said that it is satisfied with Grant’s explanation and is not looking into this direct incident.
Fewell said that he was glad to see Grant recover from his injury. Asked if he took Kehl’s comments as a swipe at his own integrity, Fewell did not comment.
Earlier in the day, Tom Coughlin did not comment on Kehl’s accusations either.