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Posted: 10:05 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 2013

Richt denies Georgia player faked injury (video) 

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Georgia's Leonard Floyd, showed here pressuring Clemson's Tajh Boyd Saturday, has been accused of faking an injury.

By Jeff Schultz

There's a story on the blog site, "Larry Brown Sports" carrying the headline: Georgia LB Leonard Floyd gets signal to fake injury (video)" that has caused a bit of  a stir.

The video appears to back up exactly what the headline charges: That Georgia's defense, seeking to slow the pace and get a breather in Saturday night's game against Clemson, prompted an injury timeout by officials by telling Floyd to drop to the ground. You can see the player look to the sideline first, then go down. This actually is becoming an increasing issue in college football, as defenses look for ways to slow down sped-up, no-huddle offenses.

Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked about the play on his conference call Sunday night and clarified what happen. It wasn't a fake -- at least not a complete fake. Floyd was injured. He said Floyd had been kicked in the groin on that play, and video below appear to back up the coach's take.

But first, here's the coach's comments:

"When a guy is injured he needs to just stay down and not try to drag himself off the field," Richt said. "In the past you'd say, 'be brave and be and be tough and try to drag yourself off the field.' But what happens is when you do that you're giving the other team the advantage. So if you are hurt just stay down until the officials stop play and then you can come off the field and we can put the next guy in. So he was injured. And if a guy's injured now we're just telling him to stay down and don't come off until the officials stop play.

"Yeah, he got hit in his privates real hard. Actually it was a leg whip. I don't think it was intentional but it was a block, an across-body block and the leg kicked up and got into him. He was trying to figure what to do there but it was better off that he not play that next snap."

It all sounds plausible. But it's easy to see why Floyd's fall down became an internet sensation. Here's the real time version that shows Floyd going down, which looks pretty indicting:

Here's the slow-motion version of the play that led up to Floyd going down:

You make the call.

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