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Sanders was allegedly injured in the fourth quarter of the Steelers' 24-17 win over Cincinnati in Week 7. His self-described "leg cramp" came at an opportune time for the Steelers, and the NFL is calling him out on it.
Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is making a visit to the league office about his apparent injury sustained in the fourth quarter of the Steelers' 24-17 win over Cincinnati in Week 7.
Sanders claims he suffered a cramp in his calf, and was helped off the field, where he sat out for one play (per league rules) drinking fluids. Trainers massaged his calf during the one-play sequence Sanders missed.
He was not on the injury report for the Steelers' Week 8 game against Washington.
An exact time for Sanders to meet with the league wasn't established, but per the report, Sanders pointed out he'll be in New York this weekend, as the Steelers take on the Giants in Week 9.
He maintains the injury was valid.
Obviously Sanders did nothing outside the letter of the law, and it would be interesting to see how the league could justify any further action. As humorous and perhaps advantageous as it was, it just wouldn't be in the competitive spirit if a player wasn't willing to make himself look like an ass on national television for the sake of his team.
Perhaps the league will ask him to try to make it less obvious next time.