Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott has denied accusations that he and the team were cheating because they use a kicking device on field goals.
Elliott said Wednesday that his method is within NFL rules. Philadelphia faced cheating allegations during its Week 14 win against the New York Giants.
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«We’ve always used something that’s within the rules,» Elliot said, via NJ.com. «It’s literally to mark the spot. It’s part of the playing surface, like a piece of grass or something.»
The kicker said the team talked to the league about it.
«When we talked to them, we explained what we were doing and they saw what we were doing. Probably 30 teams do it in the league. It’s just a point of emphasis, and somebody makes it bigger than it is. All I’ve done has been completely legal».
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The issue arose during the Eagles-Giants game at MetLife Stadium, according to Football Zebras. Britain Covey, who was the Eagles’ emergency starter, was seen picking up a small object and replay appeared to show the object directly under the ball as it broke.
soccer zebras noted that he was not seen by the officiating team on the field and cited NFL rules that prohibit such interaction.
«No item of any kind may be placed on the field, or used in any way, to assist a player in making a field goal and/or [extra-point] Try to try,» says the rule.
Elliott and the Eagles take on the Giants once again, but this time for the rights to the NFC Championship.
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The two teams last met in the playoffs in 2011. The Donovan McNabb-led Philadelphia team beat New York 23-11.