SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The NFL is warning teams they’ll face fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks if it’s determined their players are faking injuries to slow down an opponent’s hurry-up offense.

The news comes after there was speculation the Giants’ Deon Grant faked an injury against the Rams on Monday night.

John Madden told the KCBS morning crew the league needed to take action.

“It’s a lack of respect for the game,” Madden said. “That’s not part of gamesmanship, that’s not part of competition, and that’s not part of football.”

With more teams using a no-huddle offense, John said more players will fake injuries if the league doesn’t stop the practice. “This is something that really has to be snipped right away, because I think there are going to be more hurry-ups, so then there will be more opportunities to do this type of thing,” John said. “People see it and they know it’s phony, and you’re watching it and you know it’s phony, and the other team knows it’s phony. And there’s no place for phony in the league.” (8:05)

(Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.)

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