Sanders appeal will be handled by Shell or Cottrell

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Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who has been accused of faking an injury three weeks ago against the Bengals, will file a very real appeal.

A source close to Sanders tells PFT that the appeal will be handled by Ted Cottrell or Art Shell, two former coaches who have been jointly been hired by the NFL and NFLPA and who are paid by both groups.

It’s another reminder that Commissioner Roger Goodell’s power isn’t as extensive as believed.

And it’ll be interesting to see whether Sanders claims during the hearing that he simply did what he was told to do when he took a knee and pretended (allegedly) to have a cramp.  The NFL has found that there was no coaching of the conduct, but since Sanders simply stuck to his story when meeting with the league he had no occasion to confess that someone else ordered what perhaps could be called a “Code Dead.”

UPDATE 12:59 p.m. ET:  The league says that the appeal won’t be handled by Shell or Cottrell but by Commissioner Roger Goodell or his designee.  We apologize for the error.

15 responses to “Sanders appeal will be handled by Shell or Cottrell

  1. Ted’s work with the Buffalo Bills leads me to believe that he would be the most impartial guy that could be hired.

  2. I like Sanders, but it’s time to put an end to this practice. It’s difficult to think of a more unsportsmanlike “play” than the fake injury. Unfortunately, most every team has this in their playbook. The league needs to make an example of Sanders and send a strong message to players and coaches that this behavior isn’t acceptable. It’s cheating, plain and simple.

  3. I hope he brings video evidence of all the other teams doing it. Good for him for refusing to be the “whipping boy” for another Goodell examples.

    The Commish. needs to be reigned in some, this is a business and he is not a vigilante.

  4. cidman2001 says:
    Nov 11, 2012 10:22 AM
    I like Sanders, but it’s time to put an end to this practice. It’s difficult to think of a more unsportsmanlike “play” than the fake injury. Unfortunately, most every team has this in their playbook. The league needs to make an example of Sanders and send a strong message to players and coaches that this behavior isn’t acceptable. It’s cheating, plain and simple.
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    Does one player always have to be an “Example for Others”?

    How fair is that? Worry about how badly the Officials have been since their vacation. I really think the replacement refs are looking pretty good now. Make an example out of them.

  5. suhisabeast90 says:
    I hope he brings video evidence of all the other teams doing it

    Yeah that will show them…sounds like the “Every one was speeding, but I’m the only one that got ticketed” defense.

  6. Haters? Try winning a championship. Steelers wrote that book. Jealous?

  7. You got caught own up to it …yea BUT… so did a lot of Saints and that is still going on. God-del and his henchman have not been consistent in any of these fines. Small or large fine, I’m starting to see the players side of all this.

  8. I agree with many posters on here. We don’t want the NFL to turn in to those fake soccer injuries, however how can you possibly prove sanders didnt have a cramp? And more importantly players fake injuries in every game to slow down a no huddle offense, or preserve a timeout.

    The leagues ruling was that sanders didnt have a history of having cramps, and that he came in the next play and gave full effort, and was first down the field in punt coverage.

    Ok, so now we are going to base decisions on a players previous history of injuries?? And I suppose no other player has ever left the field for an injury and then came back and made a tackle, caught a pass, or ran for a first down?? So unless a player comes back after a injury and sucks on the next play he was faking?

    You can’t just draw your own conclusions because you “think” he’s guilty.

    It’s all about player safety right commissioner ? So should a player risk further injury because he’s worried if he leaves the field comes back you might decide he was faking it, and you will fine him ?

    This commissioner is so transparent, yet the only one calling him out on it are the fans. Oh and I always love the “I was at the game” comments. Ooh you and 50,000 other people. Since you were at the game your opinion must be the only one that matters.

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