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Jessie Bates pulls all-time fake injury to help Bengals make substitutions vs. Chiefs

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Jessie Bates must have been watching a lot of World Cup action over the past week.

The Bengals safety appeared to be injured against the Chiefs on Sunday as Kansas City was preparing for a second-and-goal in the second quarter. As the Chiefs were getting ready to run a play, Bates appeared to reach for his leg after perhaps suffering a cramp.He was able to walk to the sideline under his own power after first lying in the end zone.

But video review shows that the injury might not have been legit:

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Bates’ timing was certainly convenient. Cincinnati appeared to be in the process of bringing in substitutes when he fell to the turf. He had to sit out the second-down play but came back in for a third-down play.

The Chiefs proceeded to score a touchdown on that play as Patrick Mahomes connected with Jerick McKinnon from 2 yards out.

Back in 2013, the NFL sent a memo to teams discouraging players from faking injuries, noting that doing so could result in “fines of coaches, players, and clubs, suspensions or forfeiture of draft choices.”

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Bates’ fake injury elicited plenty of responses on social media, including a lot of sarcastic well-wishes.


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