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Steelers fined over fake injury

Published November 9, 2012 6:05 pm

NFL notes • Receiver Sanders took dive against Cincinnati.
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The NFL has levied $50,000 in fines to the Pittsburgh Steelers and receiver Emmanuel Sanders for faking an injury during an Oct. 21 game in Cincinnati.

Sanders was fined $15,000 and the organization $35,000. Sanders grabbed the back of his leg and collapsed to the ground during the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 24-17 win.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson handed out the discipline after meeting with Sanders last week.

Sanders initially played coy in public comments about the incident, but in recent weeks has said the matter was being handled internally. During the Steelers-Bengals game, NBC announcers openly discussed their belief Sanders was deliberately feigning an injury for the purpose of saving a timeout.

Anderson said the league found no evidence the Steelers, on an organization-wide basis, were instructing or condoning the faking of injuries for competitive purposes.

Around the league

Patriots • Running back Brandon Bolden, a rookie free agent from Mississippi, has been suspended by the NFL for four games without pay for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances. The league's announcement Friday did not specify the substance.

Raiders • Oakland will be without its top two running backs for Sunday's game in Baltimore after Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson missed a third consecutive day of practice. Both players suffered high ankle sprains in last week's loss to Tampa Bay. Taiwan Jones, a fourth-round pick in 2011 who has played primarily on special teams this season, and fullback Marcel Reece have been splitting reps in practice with Oakland's first team offense.

Titans • Jake Locker will start for Tennessee on Sunday against Miami — the young quarterback's first game in more than a month. Locker separated his left, non-throwing shoulder for the second time in four games Sept. 30 against Houston.

Ravens • Baltimore received a surprise visit from injured linebacker Ray Lewis, who is on injured reserve while rehabbing a torn right triceps. Linebacker Terrell Suggs, who came back from an Achilles tear three weeks ago, said Lewis let the Ravens know he's preparing to come back later this season as long as the team can make a playoff run. —

Week 10 schedule

Thursday

• Indianapolis 27, Jacksonville 10

Sunday

• Atlanta at New Orleans,11 a.m.

• Detroit at Minnesota,11 a.m.

• Denver at Carolina, 11 a.m., Ch. 2

• San Diego at Tampa Bay,

11 a.m.

• Tennessee at Miami, 11 a.m.

• Buffalo at New England,

11 a.m.

• Oakland at Baltimore,

11 a.m.

• N.Y. Giants at Cincinnati,

11 a.m., Ch. 13

• N.Y. Jets at Seattle

, 2:05 p.m.

• St. Louis at San Francisco, 2:25 p.m., Ch. 13

• Dallas at Philadelphia,

2:25 p.m.

• Houston at Chicago,

6:20 p.m., Ch. 5

Open • Arizona, Cleveland, Green Bay, Washington

Monday

• Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m., ESPN