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NFL Tells Players Not To Fake Injuries; Steelers' Ryan Clark Miffed

The NFL is warning teams not to fake injuries, and although the Steelers say they won't fake injuries themselves, at least one player is upset. Ryan Clark sees the threat of punishment for faking injuries as being similar to, for example, the NFL's inconsistent distribution of fines for illegal hits - as an example of the league exercising power arbitrarily, with few checks and balances.

"It is just another situation where people in power can judge what you do on the field, but now they can judge what is inside of your character," said Clark, the Steelers' player rep. "How can they judge how your body is feeling? ... How do you know I'm not hurt?"

The NFL's warning comes on the heels of a play by the New York Giants in which two players, Deon Grant and Jacquian Williams, fell down absurdly as the St. Louis Rams were coming to the line without a huddle. You can watch video of the play after the jump.

For more on the Steelers, be sure to check out Behind The Steel Curtain.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.