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Oviedo
11-09-2012, 05:02 PM
Total BS. Sanders is still a hero for taking one for the team.


By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


The National Football League has fined the Steelers and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders a total of $50,000 for faking an injury in at Oct. 21 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Steelers were fined $35,000 and Sanders $15,000 by the league for the incident, which occurred in the final minutes of a 24-17 victory against the Bengals.
Sanders met with NFL vice president Ray Anderson last week and gave his version of what happened.
Sanders said his leg cramped when he fell to the ground after the play with 5:42 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Steelers leading, 24-17.
The league did not believe him.
In a letter to Sanders and general manager Kevin Colbert, Anderson said:
"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's 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.
"Moreover, after missing the one play that is mandatory pursuant to the playing rules, and receiving no apparent treatment, Sanders returned to the game for a fourth-down punt, on which he out-sprinted all of his teammates 26 yards down the field, arriving at the ball ahead of all other Pittsburgh players, and then downing the ball. The video of the play shows Sanders running swiftly and effortlessly toward the punted ball, and then leaving the field with no sign of discomfort.
"Sanders also played the rest of the game without difficulty. Finally, there is no indication that Sanders has had prior cramping issues while in the NFL, and no Steelers' medical records or information of any kind were presented that would support a finding that he incurred a cramp that was both as serious and as transient as Sanders suggests."
Anderson also referenced a memo sent to all clubs in September that said the issue of faking injuries has been frequently discussed by the Competition Committee.
Anderson said the Steelers were fined $35,000 because it was consistent with Commissioner Roger Goodell's principle that clubs must be held accountable for the conduct of their employees

hawaiiansteel
11-09-2012, 05:02 PM
Steelers fined $35,000, Emmanuel Sanders fined $15,000 for allegedly faking injury

By Neal Coolong on Nov 9

http://cdn3.sbnation.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/2965677/20121021_lbm_ab8_222.0_standard_500.0.jpg

The NFL has never needed evidence to do what it feels it must to protect the integrity of a game that allows dances in the end zone as a means of marketing.

So we're clear, it costs $15,750 for a defensive player to hit a receiver in the head (whether flags are thrown for that, or whether the defensive player even hits the receiver in the head is a different story).

It costs a receiver $15,000 and his team $35,000 if that player gets a leg cramp during a fourth quarter drive.

Those are the amounts Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders and the Steelers were fined, respectively, for Sanders' alleged "fake" leg cramp during the Steelers' 24-17 win over Cincinnati in Week 7.

Sanders sat out one play while drinking water or Gatorade while trainers massaged his calf.

Troy Polamalu suffered an injury to his calf in the Steelers' win over Philadelphia, and hobbled off the field in a similar fashion. The league bought the notion he was actually hurt when he missed the team's next four games. Apparently, though, he would not have been allowed to return without being subjected to a fine.

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz physically displayed all the symptoms of being hit in the head by Steelers safety Ryan Clark in the Steelers' 24-20 win in Week 9. Replay clearly shows he wasn't hit anywhere near his head.

Cruz laid all but motionless on the ground, convincing the back judge Clark must have hit him in the head. Cruz miraculously got up from his chalk-outlined body after the official threw a flag, penalizing the Steelers 15 yards for a "blow to the head."

No statement from the league has been released on whether Cruz will be subjected to the same punishment, begging the question, why should a receiver fake a leg cramp when he'd get 15 yards and a free timeout if he acted like he got hit in the head?

We all know these questions will never be answered, nor will ones pertaining to the randomly below acceptable level of officiating from that Week 9 game.

Chalk it up to "Us Against The World," which, for the Steelers, has made an unexpected yet dramatic comeback in 2012.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/11/9/3624142/steelers-emmanuel-sanders-fined-injury-week-7-bengals-nfl

flippy
11-09-2012, 05:06 PM
Fine all the Steelers. Maybe Ben should get fined for shaking off tacklers. Fine Pouncey and Colon for being too aggressive. Fine WJ for ramming into LBs with his helmet. Fine Wally for running too fast and spoiling the NFL's ability to give the Giants the game against Pittsburgh.

pittpete
11-09-2012, 05:09 PM
Adolf Goodell has spoken
Thats what happens when you give all that power to just 1 person.
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRg9xcB6rJ22ZPunYdM503Y9p5OcSf64 jyYMjMuPOEkvuCYMHpiYOdhM3KL

SteelAbility
11-09-2012, 08:26 PM
Steelers fined $35,000, Emmanuel Sanders fined $15,000 for allegedly faking injury

By Neal Coolong on Nov 9

http://cdn3.sbnation.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/2965677/20121021_lbm_ab8_222.0_standard_500.0.jpg

The NFL has never needed evidence to do what it feels it must to protect the integrity of a game that allows dances in the end zone as a means of marketing.

So we're clear, it costs $15,750 for a defensive player to hit a receiver in the head (whether flags are thrown for that, or whether the defensive player even hits the receiver in the head is a different story).

It costs a receiver $15,000 and his team $35,000 if that player gets a leg cramp during a fourth quarter drive.

Those are the amounts Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders and the Steelers were fined, respectively, for Sanders' alleged "fake" leg cramp during the Steelers' 24-17 win over Cincinnati in Week 7.

Sanders sat out one play while drinking water or Gatorade while trainers massaged his calf.

Troy Polamalu suffered an injury to his calf in the Steelers' win over Philadelphia, and hobbled off the field in a similar fashion. The league bought the notion he was actually hurt when he missed the team's next four games. Apparently, though, he would not have been allowed to return without being subjected to a fine.

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz physically displayed all the symptoms of being hit in the head by Steelers safety Ryan Clark in the Steelers' 24-20 win in Week 9. Replay clearly shows he wasn't hit anywhere near his head.

Cruz laid all but motionless on the ground, convincing the back judge Clark must have hit him in the head. Cruz miraculously got up from his chalk-outlined body after the official threw a flag, penalizing the Steelers 15 yards for a "blow to the head."

No statement from the league has been released on whether Cruz will be subjected to the same punishment, begging the question, why should a receiver fake a leg cramp when he'd get 15 yards and a free timeout if he acted like he got hit in the head?

We all know these questions will never be answered, nor will ones pertaining to the randomly below acceptable level of officiating from that Week 9 game.

Chalk it up to "Us Against The World," which, for the Steelers, has made an unexpected yet dramatic comeback in 2012.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/11/9/3624142/steelers-emmanuel-sanders-fined-injury-week-7-bengals-nfl

There is a BIG difference between getting hit by Ryan Clark and "suddenly getting a leg cramp."

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
11-09-2012, 08:38 PM
Of all the fines for supposed wrongdoings over the last couple of years, this one lands very low on my radar of unjust punishment.

fordfixer
11-09-2012, 09:25 PM
Sanders took one for the team,good for him. He's a great teammate.

Sugar
11-09-2012, 10:46 PM
Wow, this is so arbitrary. As much as I loathe labor unions in general, I'm hoping the NFLPA takes up for Sanders here. This has got to be appealed.

Ghost
11-09-2012, 10:56 PM
Have other teams been fined for this as you see it on an almost weekly basis. If so, then this is fair, if not then why now, just for the Steelers?

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
11-10-2012, 03:37 AM
Have other teams been fined for this as you see it on an almost weekly basis. If so, then this is fair, if not then why now, just for the Steelers?

Why? Because it was on a primetime game and Collinsworth and Michaels went on and on about him faking. As I have said many times, Goodell punishes noise. The louder the complaining gets, the stiffer the punishment.

Jooser
11-10-2012, 07:38 AM
691

describes my general frustration with the current league....

Slapstick
11-10-2012, 10:46 AM
Wow, this is so arbitrary. As much as I loathe labor unions in general, I'm hoping the NFLPA takes up for Sanders here. This has got to be appealed.

Nothing to loathe about unions...they are why we can watch football on Sundays instead of working 7 days a week...

It should be appealed and wiped out...

NorthCoast
11-10-2012, 11:48 AM
Why? Because it was on a primetime game and Collinsworth and Michaels went on and on about him faking. As I have said many times, Goodell punishes noise. The louder the complaining gets, the stiffer the punishment.

I agree. I would also note that fakes happen all the time. Probably the biggest reason Sanders was caught was that it wasnt near theatrical enough to look plausible. It would have looked a lot more realistic if he had hobbled off the field on one leg. He'll learn, he is young.

RuthlessBurgher
11-10-2012, 03:25 PM
As I have said many times, Goodell punishes noise. The louder the complaining gets, the stiffer the punishment.

Yup...like suspending Ben for a month even though no charges were ever filed because it was front page news (ahead of actual real news, not just sports headlines), while many incidences in which lesser known players are arrested, charged, found guilty, etc. go completely unpunished by the league because that only generates a small 3 sentence blurb on page 5 of the sports section.

RuthlessBurgher
11-10-2012, 03:30 PM
I agree. I would also note that fakes happen all the time. Probably the biggest reason Sanders was caught was that it wasnt near theatrical enough to look plausible. It would have looked a lot more realistic if he had hobbled off the field on one leg. He'll learn, he is young.

He did hop off on one leg:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir2IXt9PVPc

Watch the video again, though...at 17 seconds, while on his left knee, you'll see him grab his right calf at first. Then at 25 seconds, you'll see him hopping off on his right foot, putting no pressure on the left leg. Whoopsie...

fordfixer
11-10-2012, 06:25 PM
He dosen't have a leg to stand on so to speak:D


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http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/2933456-85/sanders-appeal-fine-steelers-nfl-fines-injury-league-plan-receiver

Steelers' Sanders will appeal $15K fine
Sanders, Steelers fined for “faking” injury
Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and the organization was fined $50,000 for an incident during a Oct. 21 game…





By Mark Kaboly


Published: Saturday, November 10, 2012, 1:20 p.m.
Updated 3 hours ago


Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will appeal a $15,000 fine levied against him by the NFL for faking a leg injury late in the team's 24-17 win at Cincinnati on Oct. 21


"We are going to appeal it and that's it," Sanders said Saturday following practice.


The organization was also fined $35,000 because the league said that they hold teams accountable for their employees' conduct. The Steelers had no comment whether they plan to appeal their fine.Sanders said that he is in talks with his agent Jordan Woy and the NFLPA on they plan to appeal the fine.Sanders met with NFL vice president of football operations at the team facility Nov. 2.Sanders said that he had no indication that a fine was looming from his meeting with Hanks.


Typically, the NFL does not announce fines unless they are specifically requested. However, the NFL sent out a press release detailing Sanders and the Steelers fines.


Sanders didn't want to speculate if the league was trying to make an example of him and the Steelers.


"I don't know what they were trying to do," Sanders said. "That's not for me to think about. We are going to appeal it and we will deal with it then."


Wide receiver Antonio Brown has been ruled out for Monday's game against Kansas City with an ankle injury. Also out are Marcus Gilbert, Troy Polamalu and Stevenson Sylvester. Running back Rashard Mendenhall is listed as questionable

SteelAbility
11-10-2012, 10:43 PM
He did hop off on one leg:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir2IXt9PVPc

Watch the video again, though...at 17 seconds, while on his left knee, you'll see him grab his right calf at first. Then at 25 seconds, you'll see him hopping off on his right foot, putting no pressure on the left leg. Whoopsie...

I looked at it a few times. At :17 it actually looks like he grabs his LEFT HAMSTRING, which is consistent with hopping off on his right leg. At first I thought it was his calf as you said, but I looked again and it looks like the left hammy.

Ok, look at it again and freeze it right at :18. He definitely is holding the left hammy.

fordfixer
11-11-2012, 02:07 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/losing-a-td-cash-dont-compare-to-sanders-loss-in-2011-661604/







By Dan Gigler / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It has been a rough few days for Emmanuel Sanders.


After a practice Thursday, he was razzed hard by his teammates for getting taken down by the punter on what should have been a touchdown a week ago in a win against the New York Giants.


"Slow Money," cornerback Keenan Lewis quipped about Sanders, a reference to the "Young Money" nickname of the Steelers wide receivers corps.


On Friday, "Slow Money" became "No Money" after being docked $15,000 by the NFL for what league officials felt was a feigned injury that allowed the Steelers to stop the clock without using a timeout in a late drive in an October victory at Cincinnati. On Saturday, Sanders said little on the matter other than he will appeal the levy.


But relative to where he was a year ago at this time, if this counts as a tough week for a third-year wide receiver -- one in which he prepares to start Monday night against Kansas City in place of an injured Antonio Brown -- he likely will take it.


He spent the second half of the 2011 season mired with injuries -- first a knee injury that cost him two games, then a foot injury that forced him out for three more. Personally, he suffered the worst kind of loss. His mother, Stephanie, passed away suddenly Nov. 1, 2011 at 41.


"I had a lot of ups and downs and tough times with my mom passing away, and not being able to play," Sanders said. "The thing is -- it's life. Unfortunately, I thought it would never happen to me, but it did and it's a situation that -- I've got two [younger] sisters -- I had to handle."


Football became therapy as much as it was his livelihood.


"When I came to work, it exited my mind off of it," Sanders said. "I was always taught that once you cross over those lines, everything that's going on in your personal life -- forget about it and just singularly focus. This team, and playing football, helped me throughout that whole process."


His father, Joel, moved in with him in Pittsburgh not long after his mother's passing to help him cope with the loss and, as a professional cook, keep his son's training table up to snuff.


"He's like my personal chef -- he prepares meals for me, makes sure I'm eating the right stuff and keeping my weight up," Sanders said.


During training camp Sanders said he felt like a new man, no longer nagged by injuries and ready to come into his own. He has consistently produced at the third receiving spot, averaging 12.6 yards per reception over 24 catches, with his first touchdown reception coming against the Giants. He hopes to improve on those numbers starting in the No. 2 wideout position for Brown.


"He's been ready," Mike Wallace said. "He's a great player, he's always been ready -- I'm excited for him get his opportunity."


Standing out in the "Young Money" receiving corps is no small feat. Brown has exceptional hands. Wallace's speed is well-documented. For Sanders, it's being technically sound with his pass routes, something that fellow receiver Jerricho Cotchery noticed while still playing for the New York Jets, before joining Sanders as a teammate.


"When he came in as a rookie, you saw a guy who was pretty polished -- guys like that catch your eye," Cotchery said. "Everybody knew that if he was to stay healthy, he'd be a guy that would make plays and that's what he's doing right now."


Said Sanders: "I've always taken pride in perfecting route-running. In college, I used to study all the guys -- even guys that I played with. When I got here I studied Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes and Mike Wallace. I studied guys like Jerry Rice. I took pride in it and it all pays off. Once you do something so many times, it becomes part of you.


"It's attention to detail -- it's like playing golf -- you've got to be locked in and focused on every shot. So is route-running. You've got to take it one play at a time, one route at a time to be fundamentally sound.


"Nice crisp routes. It excites me when guys are like, 'that's a great route' -- I like to hear that."


Sanders showed he's a scoring threat on special teams, substituting for Brown as a punt returner last week, even if he did get caught by punter Steve Weatherford after a 63-yard fourth-quarter return.


"I got took down by a very athletic punter," he deadpanned.


Sanders will return punts again Monday but said he hasn't analyzed Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt's tackling ability.


"That, I don't know. But hopefully I can find out."





NOTES -- In addition to Sanders' fine, the Steelers also were fined $35,000 for the incident but offered no comment. ... Isaac Redman will start at running back for the second consecutive game with Jonathan Dwyer also ready to go after a quad injury kept him inactive last week. Rashard Mendenhall is listed as doubtful. Linebacker Chris Carter is questionable; safety Troy Polamalu, wide receiver Antonio Brown, tackle Marcus Gilbert and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester are out.

Captain Lemming
11-12-2012, 01:17 PM
After a practice Thursday, he was razzed hard by his teammates for getting taken down by the punter on what should have been a touchdown a week ago in a win against the New York Giants.

"Slow Money," cornerback Keenan Lewis quipped about Sanders, a reference to the "Young Money" nickname of the Steelers wide receivers corps.

Sanders showed he's a scoring threat on special teams, substituting for Brown as a punt returner last week, even if he did get caught by punter Steve Weatherford after a 63-yard fourth-quarter return.


"I got took down by a very athletic punter," he deadpanned.


Sanders will return punts again Monday but said he hasn't analyzed Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt's tackling ability.


"That, I don't know. But hopefully I can find out."

If Sanders set the record for "most times tackled by a punter in a season" I would be very happy.

feltdizz
11-12-2012, 01:52 PM
Sanders returned 2 plays later... and everyone could see it was obvious. It looked like Ben gave the order too... LOL

Captain Lemming
11-12-2012, 02:27 PM
Sanders returned 2 plays later... and everyone could see it was obvious. It looked like Ben gave the order too... LOL

That is right. To say otherwise is homerism at its finest. :)

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
11-12-2012, 04:02 PM
If Sanders set the record for "most times tackled by a punter in a season" I would be very happy.

Unless the punter is Dan Sepulveda.....he tackles for keeps

Slapstick
11-12-2012, 04:05 PM
Will Victor Cruz be fined for pretending like he got hit in the head by Ryan Clark despite the fact that the hit was in the ribs? Flopping is flopping...

Iron Shiek
11-12-2012, 05:39 PM
No, Ryan Clark will get fined still.