The NFL has suspended Indianapolis Colts reserve tight end Weslye Saunders without pay for the team's first eight games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. This is the second NFL suspension for Saunders. He was suspended by the league for four games last season while a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 24-year-old from Durham, North Carolina, admitted at that time to using the stimulant Adderall.
The Steelers released Saunders October 12, 2012. He signed with the Colts on October 16. He played in 11 games last season for the Colts, starting four. The 6-foot-5, 261 pound Saunders was used primarily as a blocker. Wearing #85, he caught just two passes for 15 yards.
Saunders enters his third season in the NFL out of the University of South Carolina. He can return to the Colts' active roster on Monday, November 4. He is allowed to report to training camp and participate in all preseason practices and games.
Saunders is the third Colts player to run into off-season trouble in the past month. In June, the NFL suspended wide receiver LaVon Brazill four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Earlier this month, special teams standout and reserve safety Joe Lefeged was arrested in Washington, D.C. on a gun possession charge.