If you have paid attention to the NFL offseason, then you would know that most of the decent running backs have protested that they are undervalued and need to make more money. This seems to have carried on into the start of the season, as two players are rumored to be faking their injuries until they get the pay they deserve.
These are some serious allegations… pic.twitter.com/5AyXM71HK1
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The NFL has filed a grievance against the NFLPA claiming that running backs are possibly faking injuries as a negotiation tactic to get more money. If this ends up being true, then the NFLPA would be under some serious fire from everyone. It looks like the league is targeting two specific running backs in this claim. The names listed may shock you.
Rumors have stated that Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler may be “faking” his injury to sit out until the team pays him what he thinks he deserves. Ekeler has come out multiple times saying how he isn’t happy with the league not paying running backs more money. He has even gone as far as to throw shade at his team. The running back is currently dealing with an ankle injury, which caused him to be ruled out for the Chargers’ week two matchup against the Tennessee Titans.
Head coach Brandon Staley said there is “No timeline” for when Austin Ekeler will be able to return to the field. Could this be the coach sticking up for his guy, hoping that he gets the pay that he deserves? It’s hard to tell with Staley, as he usually has this response for every player’s timetable to return.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is also rumored to be involved in this issue. With Barkley also dealing with a bad ankle, speculation has grown that he and Ekeler have gone out with similar injuries around the same time. Barkley is believed to have suffered a sprained ankle, which may sideline him for a few weeks according to Dov Kleiman.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 18, 2023
The rumors going around the NFL about the NFLPA are claiming that this may also be a negotiation tactic for the Giants’ star, saying that he may be faking an injury also. If this ends up being the truth, then it can seriously end up hurting Saquon Barkley’s chance of getting a payday.
Are these Running Backs Faking it?
Although these are some serious allegations from the National Football League, the likeliness that these players are not telling the truth is very unlikely. Yes, these players want to make more money, but they would not go as far as to hurting their teammate’s chances of competing. Both Barkley and Ekeler are vital pieces to their offenses and hope to come back from their injuries as soon as possible.
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