Steelers' Emmanuel Sanders to appeal NFL fine
Receiver stopped play at key time with a leg cramp
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders' leg cramp against the Cincinnati Bengals last month may or may not have been fake. His anger over the NFL's decision to fine him for it, however, is real.
Sanders said Saturday he plans to contest the $15,000 penalty announced by the league a day earlier.
"We're going to appeal it, and that's it," Sanders said. "I don't know what they were trying to do, but that's not for me to think about. We're just going to appeal it, and we'll deal with it then."
The NFL also fined the organization $35,000 over Sanders' sudden — and quickly healed — leg injury in the fourth quarter of a 24-17 victory against Cincinnati on Oct. 21.
Sanders fell to the ground unexpectedly as the Steelers were preparing to huddle. He was tended to by team doctors and spent one play on the sideline before returning.
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