The National Football League is reviewing a play during the
Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals in which Steelers
wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders faked an injury to allow his team to substitute personnel,
reports Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com.
With the Steelers facing
third-and-11 with six minutes left in the game, Pittsburgh wanted to substitute
but didn’t have time to do it without picking up a delay of game penalty. So
Sanders — one of the players who was supposed to come off — simply fell to the
ground pretending to be hurt, which caused a clock stoppage that allowed the
Steelers to get the correct personnel on the field.
Smith notes that it was “incredibly” obvious Sanders was
faking the injury, and NBC announcer Al Michaels noted that the NFL may have
something to say. The NFL has said that Sanders hasn’t been summoned by the
commissioner and has yet to be fined or disciplined, but they are still
reviewing the situation.
While it doesn’t look like Sanders will be punished in this
case, the occurrence on National television could result in the NFL looking
into changing the rules and penalization of faking an injury.
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