Posted July 18, 2013

NFL suspends Colts tight end Weslye Saunders eight games for second PED violation

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Wesley Saunders previously was suspended in 2012 for taking Adderall. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Weslye Saunders previously was suspended in 2012 for taking Adderall. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Colts tight end Weslye Saunders has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2013 season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, the NFL announced on Thursday.

He will not be eligible to play until the Nov. 3 game against Houston, but he can practice with the Colts during training camp and play in preseason games. He played in nine games and had two receptions for 15 yards last season.

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Saunders, 24, drew an eight-game suspension because it’s his second violation of the league’s PED policy. He was also suspended for the first four games last season after testing positive for Adderall, a stimulant drug prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD),  while he was a Steeler. He was subsequently released and picked up by the Colts.

In October, Saunders told the Indianapolis Star the drug helped him focus when feeling drowsy, and that his younger brother took it.

“When you hear performance-enhancing drugs, automatically you kind of think of some guy in the corner shooting up whatever into his veins,” he said. “It was nothing like that. A one-time thing. I learned from it and am ready to roll now.”

Saunders could be in line for a year-long suspension if he has a third violation.

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport raised the question of the Colts’ offseason interest in free agent tight ends was a precursor to the NFL’s announcement. Saunders was also investigated by the NCAA for his possible relationship with an agent and suspended one game by South Carolina for violating team rules.


8 comments
comeflywithme23
comeflywithme23

this guys is so smart almost as ESPN changing comments to Facebook comments. 

SeanHHS
SeanHHS

Facebook has destroyed ESPN comment boards. 

Josh H
Josh H

Good job making a title that gets people to click your article SI.  Colts TE Suspended!  Is it Fleener?  What about Allen?  Nope... third string guy no one's heard of except his mom that has 2 catches last year.

espn_refugee
espn_refugee

@Josh H oh you had no idea what espn would do to get people to click an article 

Josh H
Josh H

@espn_refugee @Josh H Actually, I do.  I was an ESPN Insider for a few years.  Just happened to let my subscription lapse a week before Facebook-Gate.  Imagine that.