Ever fake being sick for a day off? It probably did not cost you $15,000.
The NFL announced on Friday that it has fined the Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders for faking an injury in the Oct. 21 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Sanders went down with what was called a cramp only to return after one play and participate in the rest of the game.
Sanders was fined $15,000 while the Steelers organization were fined $35,000 for the incident.
“Despite the account given by Sanders during our November 2nd meeting, neither the video sequence of the pertinent plays nor the observations of the on-field official support Sanders contention that he was in severe pain, either before, while falling to the ground, lying on the ground, or when he was being assisted in leaving the field,” NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson said in a letter to the Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and Sanders.
“Moreover, after missing the one play that is manda...