Thank god tight end Weslye Saunders doesn’t play baseball because he’s facing a 0-2 count and the NFL is winding up to throw that third strike down the middle. Saunders is facing at an eight game suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.
The NFL policy grants him one more chance to clean his act up, or he’s going to be thrown out for an entire season.
Obviously this isn’t Saunders first run in with PEDs. He earned a four game suspension for having Adderall in his system last season when he played for the Steelers. Adderall is mainly used for people with attention disorders who need help to focus on tasks.
Saunders claims that he also used it to focus when he was feeling drowsy during practice. After serving his suspension, the Steelers were quick to cut him loose. The Indianapolis Colts were even quicker to pick him up, waiting just five days after his termination in Pittsburgh.
His rap sheet doesn’t begin in Pittsburgh. His inability to follow the rules began when he was playing college ball in South Carolina. He was caught speaking with agents and could not comply with team rules. He was given a suspension and was cut from the team shortly after. Instead of transferring to a different school, he took his chances and entered the NFL draft his senior year. He was signed to Pittsburgh as an undrafted free agent.
Now trouble has now followed him to Indianapolis. This eight game suspension means he won’t be eligible to step on the field until November 4th, one day after the Colts play the Houston Texans. This doesn’t mean that he will be participating in games any time soon. Saunders was already behind Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen on the depth chart and could be cut from the team.
Saunders will still be able to participate during training camp and preseason games, but will not be getting paid during his suspension. Last season, Saunders had two catches for 15 yards. He played in a total of four games. If he wants to get any more playing time, let alone stay in the NFL, he might want to consider staying off the PEDs. Nobody wants a player who’s a headache both on and off the field.