Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders said Saturday he plans to contest the $15,000 penalty he received from the league a day earlier for a supposedly fake injury.
"We're going to appeal it, and that's it," Sanders told the Associated Press. "I don't know what they were trying to do, but that's not for me to think about. We're just going to appeal it, and we'll deal with it then. I don't know who we have to appeal it to, but I'm talking with my agent and the NFLPA to find out just how we have to go about appealing it."
The NFL also fined the Steelers organization $35,000 over Sanders' sudden — and quickly healed — leg injury in the fourth quarter of a 24-17 victory against Cincinnati on Oct. 21.
Sanders fell to the ground unexpectedly as the Steelers were preparing to huddle. He was tended to by team doctors and spent one play on the sideline before returning. Television announcers were vocal in their criticism of Sanders' tactics. He originally said he was hurt but backtracked last week following a visit from league officials, saying the team was handing it "internally."
Sanders will start in place of injured WR Antonio Brown Monday night when the Steelers (5-3) host Kansas City (1-7). Brown will miss his first game of the season with an ankle injury, and multiple reports are indicating he could be sidelined for an extended period of time.