Weslye Saunders Suspended Eight Games for PED Abuse

The Colts' offseason just got a bit more unsettling. 

After Joe Lefeged's arrest and LaVon Brazill's four-game suspension, the Colts didn't need any more off-field issues this summer. Unfortunately, Adam Schefter brings us some bad news this afternoon:

Saunders' suspension makes three Colts in less than a month to get in hot water, and will cause people to speculate about a locker-room problem in Indianapolis. Whether that is a valid concern or not is likely more of an opinion than anything else. While it's concerning, none of the issues have been serious, and all are young guys who, outside of Lefeged, weren't going to get a ton of snaps this season any way. 

For Saunders, this makes his chances of making the final roster much slimmer. Justice Cunningham already was going to push him, and now Cunningham will likely get at least eight weeks to contribute and impress the coaches. Even if Saunders does make the team, he won't count against the roster for those eight games, leaving a spot open for a third tight end, which likely will be Cunningham. 

The depressing part for Saunders is that this is now a trend. Saunders was cut from the Steelers last season after a four-game suspension due to Adderall use, but was optimistic after the Colts signed him. 

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

Well, it doesn't seem to be a one-time thing. No, in fact, this issue with Saunders runs all the way back to college, and has been an issue for most of his career. 

With a concerning record of off-field and PED issues, Saunders seems like a long-shot to make the roster at best. At worst he's seriously harmed his already-slim chances at a long-term NFL career. Saunders, while possessing talent, isn't a rare enough commodity that teams will overlook his troubles off the field. 

On the Colts' end of things, there is a serious question brewing after three incidents in 25 days. After not taking further action (that we know of) toward LaVon Brazill or Joe Lefeged, how do they respond to the very substantial suspension of Saunders? At some point, an example will have to be made of somebody, and Saunders seems to be a likely candidate. After all, his replacement is already on the roster, he isn't the most talented young player and he has a concerning history behind him. 

No matter how you add it up, the end result is not looking good.

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.