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Notes: Sanders, Steelers fined $50k for WR’s deception

Pittsburgh’s Emmanuel Sanders, apparently hurt, was checked by trainers Oct. 21.
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Pittsburgh’s Emmanuel Sanders, apparently hurt, was checked by trainers Oct. 21.

The NFL levied $50,000 in fines Friday 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.


Anderson said it found no evidence the Steelers, on an organization-wide basis, were instructing or condoning the faking of injuries for competitive purposes. ‘‘If I believed that to be the case, the discipline would be substantially more,’’ Anderson said.

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In an open letter to Sanders and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, Anderson cited video evidence to the contrary of Sanders’s contention that he was in severe pain, before or after the play. Sanders sat out one play — a team trainer attended to him — and then returned to the game for the next play, a Pittsburgh punt.

Anderson noted that Sanders outran his teammates and downed the ball.

Among the 10 other players fined were Panthers safety Haruki Nakamura and Packers tight end Ryan Taylor, who were fined $21,000 each for dangerous hits, and Eagles quarterback Michael Vick ($7,875) for a low block at Saints safety Roman Harper during an interception return for a touchdown by Patrick Robinson.

Murray out again

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray will miss his fourth straight game Sunday against the host Eagles because of a sprained left foot. Felix Jones, who is listed as probable with a knee injury, is expected to start again in Murray’s place . . . Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) did not practice and will likely miss his fourth consecutive game Monday against the Chiefs, while running back Jonathan Dwyer (quadriceps) is on track to return to game action after sitting out last week . . . Raiders running backs Darren McFadden (ankle) and Mike Goodson (ankle) and defensive lineman Richard Seymour (knee, hamstring) were ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Ravens . . . Vikings receiver Percy Harvin was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against Detroit after a sprained left ankle kept him out of practice all week. Meanwhile, Detroit safeties Louis Delmas (knee) and Amari Spievey (concussion) will miss the game with injuries . . . The Seahawks will be without linebacker K.J. Wright and guard James Carpenter against the Jets on Sunday as neither player has been cleared to return after suffering concussions.

Titans turn to Locker


Jake Locker will start for the Titans against the Dolphins — the 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 . . . Texans coach Gary Kubiak said tight end Owen Daniels was ‘‘very limited’ in practice with a back injury and could miss Sunday’s game in Chicago, a matchup of 7-1 teams . . . The Saints will be without running back Darren Sproles (broken hand) and offensive tackle Zach Strief (groin) for Sunday’s home game against Atlanta.