Texans Player Blatantly Faked an Injury to Avoid Penalty Against Lions

Isaiah De Los Santos
One Houston Texans faked an injury to avoid a penalty against the Detroit Lions.
One Houston Texans faked an injury to avoid a penalty against the Detroit Lions. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images
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The Houston Texans are coming off of an impressive 41-25 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, moving the team to 4-7 after their early season struggles. Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson picked the Lions defense apart, throwing for 318 yards and 4 TDs.

While the Texans needed little help in their rout, they did benefit from a fake injury that saved the team from a penalty. Midway through the fourth quarter, Houston had 12 players on the field, so Charles Omenihu fell to the ground with an "injury" that stopped play.

Taking a dive is nothing new in the sports world. It's a useful tactic in soccer when teams are trying to hold on to a lead and want to stall. A fake injury can even lead to a bucket in the NBA.

In the context of the game, this incident didn't have a big impact. The "injury" occurred with 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter, and the Texans were already up 41-17 at that point. The play likely didn't have any bearing on the outcome.

However, this specific violation is particularly obvious, and it'll likely land Houston in trouble with the league. The NFL has warned teams and their players about faking injuries before, threatening them with fines or even suspensions.


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