NEW YORK The NFL sent a memo Wednesday to all 32 teams warning of fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks if the league determines players faked injuries during a game. Yet several players admit its an accepted practice, and some coaches hinted they are not above condoning phony injuries if it provides a competitive edge.
Ive been places where it has been (taught), said Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, a member of the players union executive committee. They have a name for it and Ive been places where its been pre-called. Ive been places where its one player who has been designated. Maybe Im getting everyone in trouble, but Im just being honest.
In the memo obtained by The Associated Press, the NFL reminded teams of league policy that calls on coaches to discourage the practice. There is no specific rule on the topic.