by Cesar Tordesillas
New York, NY
The NFL has cleared the New York Giants from suggestions that two of their players -- Dan Connor and Cullen Jenkins -- deliberately impeded the Dallas Cowboys' no-huddle offense by faking injuriess Sunday night.
The league, according to an ESPN report, found no basis for punishment at this time.
Earlier, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and quarterback Tony Romo suggested the Giants violated the league policy, but the team did not file an official complaint.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin adamantly denied the accusation Monday, saying Connor and Jenkins were injured. Connor did not return to the game while Jenkins played but the team did not announce anything about his injury.
"Both of those players were injured," Coughlin said. "Connor never returned to the game. And Cullen was in a position where he needed to regroup. So that wasn't orchestrated at all."
Last week, the league sent a memo to the 32 teams about "faking injuries," saying that a team would be subject to disciplinary action even if no penalties were called in the game.