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Sanders, Steelers Fined Combined $50,000 by NFL for Fake Injury

Emmanuel Sanders and the Pittsburgh Steelers were fined a combined $50,000 after the wide receiver faked an injury in an Oct. 21 National Football League game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice-president of football operations, fined Sanders $15,000 and the team $35,000, saying game officials and video evidence showed Sanders running “swiftly and effortlessly” just after the injury supposedly left him in severe pain.

“Moreover, after missing the one play that is mandatory pursuant to the playing rules, and receiving no apparent treatment, Sanders returned to the game for a fourth-down punt, on which he out-sprinted all of his teammates 26 yards down the field, arriving at the ball ahead of all other Pittsburgh players, and then downing the ball,” Anderson wrote in a letter to the team and player.

Anderson also said a September memo to all clubs urged them not to fake injuries, and noted that the league’s competition committee has frequently discussed the issue.

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