- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell would neither deny nor confirm that he has instructed his players to fake injuries to slow down an opposing offense.

The St. Louis Rams accused the Giants, particularly safety Deon Grant, of feigning injuries on Monday night to slow down their offense after New York beat St. Louis 28-16 on Monday night.

The Rams seemed miffed that Grant went down with an alleged injury to his right knee late in the first quarter after the Cadillac Williams gained eight yards to the New York 7-yard line.

After the injury on first down, the Rams had to settle for a field goal.

Grant denied faking an injury on Wednesday.

“I can’t say I’ve ever done that and I can’t say that I haven’t done that,” Fewell said Thursday when whether he told players to fake injuries. “I know that the young man was down and I was glad when he got up and he was able to play. If the guy can’t play to his full potential and he was hurt, then he was hurt. I can’t say I did and I can’t say I’ve never done that.

“I’m not going to go back and forth.”

The NFL sent a memo Wednesday to all 32 teams on Wednesday warning of fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks if the league determines players faked injuries during a game.

Several players later admitted its an accepted practice, and some coaches hinted they are not above condoning phony injuries if it provides a competitive edge.



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