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Steelers WR Sanders to meet with NFL about possible feigned injury

| Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, 1:58 p.m.
Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders plays against the Redskins at Heinz Field Oct. 28, 2012. Chaz Palla | Tribune Review

Those overnight letters from the NFL office are never fun for a player. Emmanuel Sanders received one Wednesday.

Sanders will meet with NFL officials about his possible feigned injury in the Bengals game Oct. 21.

The wide receiver grabbed his leg as if he were cramping with about six minutes left and the Steelers trying to run the clock during their 24-17 win, thereby saving a timeout or a delay-of-game penalty.

The meeting might take place Saturday, when the Steelers travel to New York to play the Giants on Sunday, or at a later date.

“It's an in-house situation, and we're going to handle it from there,” Sanders said.

The NFL warned its clubs about players trying to stop the clock by faking an injury, and it promised stiff penalties if violators were found.

• Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning often play their best against teams that see them the least. Roethlisberger is 23-7 against the NFC; Manning has won eight in a row against the AFC. Manning's 27-5 (.844) record in October is the best during the Super Bowl era. The second-best record? Former Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart's 16-4 (.800).

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