Cowboys accuse Giants of faking injuries

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee (top) makes the tackle on New York Giants quarterback Eli...

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee (top) makes the tackle on New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning in the first half of their NFL football game in Arlington, Texas September 8, 2013. (REUTERS)

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones accused the New York Giants of faking injuries in an attempt to slow down his fast-paced team in the second quarter.

The Giants lost linebacker Dan Connor to a neck injury and Cullen Jenkins to an apparent shoulder injury on consecutive plays. Jones thought the Giants were simply trying to stall the Cowboys.

"I thought us experts on football were the only ones who could see that," he said laughing and winking. "No, it was so obvious it was funny. It wasn't humorous because we really wanted the advantage, and knew we could get it if we could get the ball snapped."

The partisan crowd at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex., booed the Giants after the plays, but no penalties were called. The NFL said last week it would discipline teams for faking injuries, even if penalties were not called.

Connor, who had similar injuries last season with Dallas, did not return to the game. Jenkins jogged off the field and quickly returned.

"I thought we got them moving a lot and got them pretty tired during that stretch," Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said. "They obviously had a bunch of injuries in that stretch. Tough break, I know. Seemed to come back pretty good after that, though."

The Cowboys scored during that drive to extend their lead to 13-3 and eventually won 36-31.

 


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