Pittsburgh Steelers: Emmanuel Sanders to Appeal Fine, Replace Antonio Brown

Eric McKelvieSenior Writer INovember 11, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 08:  Wide receiver #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball against the Denver Broncos during the Wild Card Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The NFL handed out $50,000 in fines to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and the Pittsburgh Steelers after Sanders faked an injury in Week 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers organization was hit with a $35,000 fine and Sanders a $15,000 fine.

However, Sanders isn’t accepting that ruling just yet, stating Saturday that he intends on appealing the fine, according to ESPN.

"We're going to appeal it, and that's it," Sanders said. "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 Steelers were up 24-17 and facing third and 11 with six minutes remaining in the game when Sanders went down. He lay on the field, grabbing the back of his leg as if he had a cramp.

Sanders saved the Steelers a timeout and promptly returned to the field after missing one mandatory play. He then downed a Ben Roethlisberger punt on the Cincinnati 11-yard line.

The Steelers held on to win the game.

Sanders will start this week in place of the injured Antonio Brown, who has been ruled out of Pittsburgh’s Monday night showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Brown suffered an ankle injury in the Steelers' Week 9 win over the New York Giants and could miss a few games, according to Mike Florio of NBC Sports.

Brown has 42 receptions for 499 yards and a touchdown in eight games this season, while Sanders has 24 receptions for 302 yards and a touchdown. He has also appeared in eight games, but Monday will mark only his third start of the season.

Regardless of their injury situation, the Steelers should have no problem beating the 1-7 Chiefs to improve their record to 6-3 on the season.