Steelers, WR Emmanuel Sanders fined $50,000 for faking injury during game

In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders is checked by trainers in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati. Sanders returned to the game after missing one play. AP Photo/Tom Uhlmanm File

PITTSBURGH The NFL has levied $50,000 in fines to the Pittsburgh Steelers and wide 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.

As CBSSports.com's Ryan Wilson wrote after the game: "The spectacle led NBC color analyst Cris Collinsworth to observe, 'All I know is, Emmanuel Sanders is in the huddle and he's not looking like he's in too much pain now (see above left). And then ... oh boy, here comes the cramp (above middle) and he goes down (above right). So now they don't have to burn the timeout. That is a savvy play, let's call it that, on the part of the Pittsburgh Steelers.'"

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