The NFL has levied $50,000 in fines to the Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders for faking an injury during an Oct. 21 game in Cincinnati.

Sanders was fined $15,000 and the organization $35,000. Sanders grabbed the back of his leg and collapsed to the ground during the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 24-17 win.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson handed out the discipline after meeting with Sanders last week.

Sanders initially played coy in public comments about the incident, but in recent weeks has said the matter was being handled internally.

During the Steelers-Bengals game, NBC announcers openly discussed their belief Sanders apparently was deliberately feigning an injury for the purpose of saving a timeout.

Anderson said it found no evidence the Steelers, as an organization, were instructing or condoning the faking of injuries for competitive purposes.

Colts: The team is concerned about the hits rookie quarterback Andrew Luck has been taken, calling some of them cheap shots. One day after the Colts' 27-10 win at Jacksonville, interim coach Bruce Arians described some of the hits that way and urged his quarterback to protect himself. Arians also asked for officials to keep a watchful eye on his star QB.

"I can't say they are purposefully (hitting Luck), but there sure are a lot of them happening," Arians said when asked to elaborate on the shots on Luck. "You put yourself in harm's way out there. He's done a good job of sliding."


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Jaguars: Coach Mike Mularkey says he is sticking with quarterback Blaine Gabbert despite a six-game losing streak and more offensive ineptitude.

Vikings: Star receiver Percy Harvin was listed as doubtful for the game Sunday against Detroit after a sprained left ankle kept him out of practice all week.

Titans: Quarterback Jake Locker will start on Sunday against Miami. Locker separated his left, nonthrowing shoulder for the second time in four games Sept. 30 against Houston and hasn't played since.

Seahawks: Seattle will be without two starters, linebacker K.J. Wright and guard James Carpenter, against the New York Jets on Sunday. Both have yet to be cleared to return to practice after suffering concussions.

Patriots: Running back Brandon Bolden has been suspended by the NFL for four games without pay for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances. The league's announcement Friday did not specify the substance.

Cowboys: Dallas will be without running back DeMarco Murray (sprained right foot) for the fourth consecutive game when it plays Sunday in Philadelphia.

Texans: Coach Gary Kubiak says tight end Owen Daniels, Houston's second-leading receiver, was "very limited' in practice with a back injury and might miss Sunday's game in Chicago.

Bills: Buffalo cut safety Delano Howell, an undrafted rookie from Stanford, while activating safety Manu Silva from the practice squad.

Packers: Green Bay released wide receiver Diondre Borel (Freedom High-Oakley) from the practice squad.