When pulled off well at the right time, they can help change the game. There’s a time and place to do a fake punt, however, and that time is probably not deep in your own territory when you’re down 11 points on the road.
Apparently the Minnesota Vikings didn’t get the memo:
Never mind the terrible Pop Warner-style pass. That’s just a bad spot to be running a fake punt in. The Steelers scored a field goal shortly afterward, going up 17-3 and effectively putting the game away in the third quarter.
Westbrooks, whose arrest was first reported by the Southern California News Group, was booked on five felony charges: receiving stolen property, carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a stolen loaded firearm, grand theft of a firearm and possessing a high-capacity magazine.
He has an arraignment scheduled for Oct. 5.
Westbrooks wasn’t able to go into detail about the arrest because it’s a pending legal matter. The 26-year-old said he spoke to Rams coach Sean McVay about it on Monday and was told the organization will be supportive. Westbrooks simply called it “a bad situation.”
Asked if he would play Sunday, and if everything will remain normal on the field, Westbrooks said, “It’s been normal so far. As far as Sunday, I honestly can’t tell you.”
An undrafted free agent out of West Texas A&M, Westbrooks has spent the past four years with the Rams and has racked up five sacks while playing an increased role since the start of the 2015 season. The Rams recently extended Westbrooks’ contract through 2018.
Westbrooks was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence in Sacramento, California, in March but was never charged.