Pittsburgh Steelers, receiver Emmanuel Sanders are fined in fake-injury case | NFL
The NFL has levied $50,000 in fines to the Pittsburgh Steelers and receiver Emmanuel Sanders for faking an injury during an Oct. 21 game in Cincinnati.
PITTSBURGH — The league has levied $50,000 in fines to the Pittsburgh Steelers and receiver Emmanuel Sanders for faking an injury during an Oct. 21 game in Cincinnati.
Sanders, 25, was fined $15,000 and the organization was fined $35,000. Sanders grabbed the back of his leg and collapsed to the ground during the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 24-17 victory.
Ray Anderson, league executive vice president of football operations, handed out the discipline after meeting with Sanders last week.
Sanders initially was coy in public comments about the incident, but in recent weeks has said the matter was being handled internally.
During the Steelers-Bengals game, NBC announcers openly discussed their belief Sanders was deliberately feigning an injury for the purpose of saving a timeout.
Anderson said he found no evidence the Steelers, on a franchise-wide basis, were instructing or condoning the faking of injuries for competitive purposes.
"If I believed that to be the case, the discipline would be substantially more," Anderson said.
In an open letter to Sanders and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, Anderson cited video evidence to the contrary of Sanders' contention he was in severe pain while on the ground, before or after the play.
Locker to start
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jake Locker will start for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday against Miami — the ex-Washington Huskies quarterback's first game in more than a month.
Titans coach Mike Munchak said Locker looks ready to go unless something comes up between now and kickoff.
"He moved around well, his reactions were good, just things you look for to see if someone is limited in any way where we felt that he wouldn't be able to play at the level he needs to physically," Munchak said.
Locker separated his left, non-throwing shoulder for the second time in four games Sept. 30 against Houston. He has practiced this week with the first-team offense.
Ex-Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck, 37, started five games for the Titans while Locker, 24, was out.
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• Minnesota receiver Percy Harvin (sprained ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Detroit.