League Fines Both The Steelers & Emmanuel Sanders For Faking Injury In Game Against Bengals

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting via Twitter that the league has levied fines against both the Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders for the cramp incident in the Sunday game against the Cincinnati Bengals back in Week 7. Schefter reports that the Steelers were fined $35,000, while Sanders was fined $15,000 for the incident.

League officials Merton Hanks and Ray Anderson were in Pittsburgh last Friday to ask Sanders about the incident as the Steelers third-year receiver was accused of faking a cramp to save the team from having to take a timeout in the game against the Bengals. Prior to Sanders dropping to the ground, the Steelers were in danger of running out of time on the play clock as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had gotten up slowly on the preceding play. The trainers helped Sanders off of the field with him favoring one leg, but he was back one play later to down a pooch punt by Roethlisberger on the ensuing fourth down.

The league is certainly taking the opportunity to make an example out of the Steelers here and it really shouldn\’t be surprising. While there is no way to prove that Sanders didn\’t really have a cramp, the evidence against his actions was pretty overwhelming when you watch the replay.

Personally, I thought that the Steelers and Sanders would just get a slap on the wrist and we don\’t know if the wide receiver admitted to faking the injury or not.

Emmanuel Sanders Fakes Cramp

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    If the NFL didn’t act on this, then they would never be able to act on anyone who wanted to fake an injury. The good news for us is they got away with it in the game.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I will say this….when he goes down, it looks like the right leg. When he stands up….it switched….interesting. They had him dead to rights.

  • SteelerDave

    I’ve played sports and have had cramps at times. I disagree with you here, one tends to fall to their good side’s knee.

    Sanders may or may not have faked the cramp but it is all in the past now.

  • zyzak

    Well according to Florio Sanders lied to the NFL, how does anyone reallly know if he had a cramp or not? Sanders is a very religious dude

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  • Dominic Johns

    The real question is, did Victor Cruz fake a concussion, I believe he did. Will the league fine him as well or is that a more debatable conclusion by the league?

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Well put, thanks.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    You wrote that the league is trying to make an example out of Steelers, I guess writing that is just tryin to rile up homers to react here. Its not trying to make an example, the league fined because he cheated. Before league issued a fine, the league interviewed Sanders, confirmed that he cheated. Assume Sanders admitted it during meeting with league Reps who could not be fooled, the Reps are experienced young former players. Also funny that Sanders has not been on any injury list.

  • SteelSpine

    Please seek a psychiatrist.