Brian Urlacher confirmed on Wednesday what many of us already assumed: Defensive players fake injuries to slow the game down.
In his new role as an analyst on Fox Football Daily, the former Chicago Bears linebacker said that faking injuries was "part of our game plan," via the Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley:
“We had a guy who was the designated dive guy,” he said.
Urlacher said a Bears coach would simulate a swimmers’ diving motion with his arms from the sideline and the player “would get hurt.”
He said it was beneficial on long drives or early in the season when defenders were more easily gassed.
He said he wouldn’t name the coach who pantomimed in the order.