Bengals safety Jessie Bates fakes injury, forces play stoppage vs. Chiefs

Jessie Bates III goes down with leg cramp, Chiefs vs. Bengals, 12/4/2022
Cincinnati Bengals safety Jessie Bates III hilariously collapsed and faked an injury to force officials to stop play during Sunday's game against Kansas City.

It happened with 3:20 left in the second quarter with the Bengals holding a 14-3 lead. The Chiefs had just driven down to the 1-yard line and were trying to run a play quickly and catch the Bengals off guard while they were still running subtitutions onto the field. Bates apparently saw his teammates would not be able to make it, so he suddenly fell down on his back and grabbed his leg to fake a cramp.

Bates' acting job was good enough to force the referees to blow the whistle, giving the Bengals a free timeout. As if there was any doubt that Bates' injury was a fake, he walked off the field without a limp.

The Chiefs still managed to score a touchdown to close out the drive, but the Bengals came away with a hard-fought 27-24 victory. As for Bates, maybe an Academy Award is in his future.


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