Saints Face Four Fines For Cameron Jordan Allegedly Faking Injury

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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For years, it has been common for a defender to fake an injury to get an injury timeout when the defenders need a breather and to slow the game down. The NFL has finally had enough of the tactic. The league recently fined the New Orleans Saints four times, following defensive end Cameron Jordan allegedly faking an injury during the team’s last game.

The NFL announced that Jordan was fined $50,000 and Saints co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen was also fined $50,000. New Orleans head coach Dennis Allen was fined $100,000, while the Saints were fined 350,000. That is $550,000 in total fines from the NFL. 

The Saints were in Tampa Bay taking on the Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. The events that led to the fines took place late in the fourth quarter when the Buccaneers came back from a 16-3 lead in the fourth quarter. As the Buccaneers were gaining momentum, they had a crucial 4th- and- 10 to keep their comeback alive. Tampa went no-huddle to catch New Orleans sleeping and they did. This then led to Jordan allegedly faking an injury to force a timeout, according to reports and the league.

At the time this happened, few assumed it was a fake injury. But cameras from ESPN caught people on the Saints sideline allegedly telling Jordan to fake the injury, according to reports.

Three days prior to this Monday Night Football matchup, the NFL warned all 32 teams via a memo that if players continue to fake injuries, there will be discipline. Now days after the memo was released, the NFL showed it was not messing around and demonstrated what will happen if this situation happens.  Should be interesting to see how the rest of the league reacts after the heavy fines that New Orleans is facing.  

Jordan is in his 12th year in the NFL. He has played all 12 years with the Saints. He has gone to seven Pro Bowls and was first-team all-pro in 2017. 

Following their loss on Monday Night Football, the Saints moved to 4-9 on the season. They are last in the NFC South and have the 5th worst record in the NFL. They also don’t even have their first-round pick because they traded it to the 12-1 Philadelphia Eagles. 

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