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Taylor blindsided Arizona safety Rashad Johnson to draw his fine. Nakamura hit Redskins receiver Josh Morgan in the neck and head area when Morgan was defenseless.

Griffin made a horse-collar tackle of Chicago RB Matt Forte. Branch made a horse-collar tackle of Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin.

Hardy was docked for roughing Robert Griffin III and hitting him in the head. Groves made a horse-collar tackle of Packers RB James Starks.

Ellerbe hit Browns running back Trent Richardson in the head and neck area when the rookie was defenseless.

Vick threw a low block at Saints safety Roman Harper during an interception return for a touchdown by Patrick Robinson. Allen made a late hit on Giants receiver Victor Cruz. Vaughn struck Miami RB Reggie Bush late.

After saying “I can’t talk about that,” last week when asked about Sanders‘ meeting with the league, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said, “People get hurt. That’s the way it is. You can’t control injuries in this league.”

An injury to another Pittsburgh receiver is giving Sanders an opportunity to shine for something other than his acting skills. The team leader in receptions, Antonio Brown, has not practiced this week and almost assuredly will not play Monday night against Kansas City (1-7).

“As a third wide receiver, you’ve got to know multiple positions. You’ve got to know almost every position on the field,” Sanders said. “So that’s my job. If someone goes down, I’ve got to go in and fill that void.”

A foot injury last season contributed to Sanders being limited to more of a complementary role while Mike Wallace and Brown ascended to stardom. This week, Sanders gets his turn for the Steelers (5-3).

“He’s a great player; he’s always been ready,” Wallace said. “There’s never been a doubt in my mind that if anybody goes down he can step in here and not miss a beat.”

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NOTES: RT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) did not practice and will likely miss his fourth consecutive game Monday. … RB Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) was limited in practice and it is not considered likely to play against the Chiefs. … RB Chris Rainey (bruised ribs) said he will play. … RB Jonathan Dwyer (quadriceps) also is on track to return to game action after sitting out last week.

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