Did the Giants cheat?
If they did, Antrel Rolle approves.
The Giants safety was asked about the “knee injury” suffered by fellow safety Deon Grant in the first quarter of last night’s game against the Rams. St. Louis was driving hard into Giants territory with a hurry-up offense that had the Giants dizzy, particularly in the secondary, and after an 8-yard run by Cadillac Williams set up a second-and-2 from the 7, Grant was walking back to the line of scrimmage when he suddenly fell to the turf and grabbed his knee.
Eventually he got to his feet, jogged off, and was back in the game a play later. The Giants ultimately slowed down the Rams’ offense, got their heads on straight, and held for a field goal instead of a touchdown (thanks also to a successful challenge by Tom Coughlin on a third-down pass that was overturned to be an incompletion).
“Deon Grant actually did hurt his knee,” Rolle said in his weekly spot on WFAN today. “I don’t know if it was on that particular play or not.”
Most people guess not. Especially since both he and linebacker Jacquian Williams went down with eerily similar timing and after no contact.
“This is the NFL,” Rolle said. “No one is dumb in this league. Many teams do it all the time. In my eyes as a veteran it was an extremely smart play on their behalf if they were in fact faking.”
The league will not step in so long as the players and coaches do not admit that they were faking the injury.