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Report: Saints' Cameron Jordan Wins Appeal of $50K Fine for Allegedly Faking Injury

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 19, 2023

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01: New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) rushes during the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles on January 1, 2023 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan reportedly won his appeal of a $50,000 fine he faced for allegedly faking an injury in a Week 13 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the fine has been rescinded.

The NFL initially fined Jordan ($50,000), the Saints ($350,000), head coach Dennis Allen ($100,000) and co-defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen ($50,000) after it determined the defensive end delayed the game by faking an injury in the fourth quarter of the 17-16 Bucs victory.

Jordan denied the allegations, saying he was playing through a foot injury.

"That's what warriors do," Jordan told reporters. "What I don't need is (the NFL) telling me if I was hurt or at optimal level. It's impossible to do so."

It's unclear if any of the coaches or the team itself filed an appeal. With that said, the fact Jordan won his case would give all sides a reason to look into the matter and recoup any money that may have already been paid.

At the time, the Saints denied all allegations of wrongdoing as well.

The NFL attempted to send a message by issuing massive fines to Jordan and Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Jessie Bates III for allegedly faking injuries in Week 13. Bates is also appealing his fine, but no word has come back yet on a result of that case.

As it stands, the NFL may be seeing that even though faking injuries is bad for the competitive spirit of the league, it's very hard to prove.