After reviewing the game Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL has cleared the New York Giants players of faking injuries, according to media reports, and no punishments are expected to be handed out.
Following the loss, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and owner Jerry Jones accused linebacker Dan Connor and Cullen Jenkins of pretending to be injured to impede the Cowboys' no-huddle offense.
"I thought us experts on football were the only ones who could see that," Jones said after the game. "It was so obvious it was funny. It wasn't humorous because we wanted the advantage, and knew we could get it if we could get the ball snapped."
Addressing the media on Monday, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin balked at the notion his players faked injuries.
"It's absolutely not true," he said. "Both of those players were injured. Connor never returned to the game. Cullen was in a position where he needed to regroup. That really wasn't orchestrated at all."
His sentiment was echoed by safety Antrel Rolle, who shrugged off Jones' comments, adding he is looking forward to the Giants' rematch with the Cowboys.
"I don't know what kind of faking he saw, but if guys go down and they never return to the game, obviously he's not faking," Rolle said. "They got the win. He just needs to be satisfied about the win because a game like that will never happen to us again ... I can care less what Jerry has to say. When we play those guys again, it will be a little different outcome."
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