The NFL tells PFT that the appeal will instead be handled by Commissioner Roger Goodell or his designee.
League spokesman Greg Aiello explained that Shell or Cottrell handle appeals involving player conduct against other players. The Collective Bargaining Agreement supports the league’s position; Article 46, Section 1(b) delegates to Cottrell or Shell only fines or suspensions for “unnecessary roughness or unsportsmanlike conduct on the playing field.”
So the distinction doesn’t arise simply from off-field versus on-field. Instead, Shell or Cottrell have jurisdiction over only a specific type of on-field conduct.
And they won’t have the final say over whether Sanders was faking his injury.