Most players and teams hide the fact that they fake injuries from time to time to slow down an opponent's offense, but former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher acknowledged this week that it's common practice.
Fox Sports 1's new analyst, whose NFL career ended in March when he rejected the Bear' offer to re-sign, said players acting like they were hurt was a scheme to counteract high-powered, fast-paced, no-huddle offenses.
"We had a guy who was the designated dive guy," Urlacher said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The former All-Pro said a Bears coach would make a diving motion to signal a player when to go down with an injury. It was more prevalent on a long drive when a defense was winded, Urlacher said.
"It wasn't coached," he said, "but it was part of our game plan."
Faking injuries became a topic of conversation this past weekend after California fans accused Northwestern players of the illegal tactic during last Saturday's non-conference college football game. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald denied that his players were mimicking injuries during the Wildcats' 44-30 victory in order to slow down Cal's fast-paced offense.