Steelers, WR fined for faking an injury

Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders drewa $15,000 fine and the organization $35,000.
Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders drewa $15,000 fine and the organization $35,000. (AP)
Posted: November 10, 2012

The NFL has levied $50,000 in fines to the Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on Friday 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.

Also fined by the league were Panthers safety Haruki Nakamura and Packers tight end Ryan Taylor, $21,000 each; Titans safety Michael Griffin, $20,000; Raiders cornerback Tyvon Branch, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, and Cardinals linebacker Quentin Groves, $15,750 each; Ravens LB Dannell Ellerbe, $10,000; Colts cornerback Cassius Vaughn and Steelers safety Will Allen, $7,875 apiece.

Pats' Bolden suspended

New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has been suspended by the NFL for four games without pay for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The league's announcement did not specify the substance. The Patriots had no immediate reaction.

Lewis visits teammates

The Baltimore Ravens received a surprise visit from injured star Ray Lewis, who was placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list over three weeks ago.

The 17-year veteran linebacker, rehabbing a torn right triceps away from the team's facility, wasn't expected to return to the team at this point of the season. However, Lewis, in town for a scheduled appearance, decided to catch the Ravens practicing during the day.

Moving the chains

Minnesota star receiver Percy Harvin was listed as doubtful for the game against Detroit after a sprained left ankle kept him out of practice all week. . . . The Panthers have announced that Ernie Accorsi will serve as a consultant during their search for a new general manager.

The Panthers fired GM Marty Hurney on Oct. 22.

This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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