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Mister Pittsburgh
03-13-2012, 11:20 PM
Did Wes Saunders appeal his suspension? Has there been any official statements made by Wes, his agent, or the Steelers? Just wondering the circumstances around his failed urine sample. Did he take something for ADD without telling the league? Was it juice or something? Why is this his second offense? Was he busted before?

03-13-2012, 11:28 PM
Steelers TE Weslye Saunders Suspended for Four Games

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Steelers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/pittsburgh-steelers) TE Weslye Saunders has been suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season, according to Scout.com reporter Aaron Wilson, and other sources. (http://tracking.si.com/2012/02/07/report-steelers-te-weslye-saunders-suspended-four-games/)

There is no word on the reason for the suspension, but it's likely for one of two things: (http://nflhealthandsafety.com/commitment/regulations/)a third violation of the league's substance abuse police (two prior violations are confidential, the third results in a four-game suspension), or a violation of the league's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances, in which a first offense is subject to a minimum four-game suspension.

Simply put, it's either his third failed drug test or his first failed banned substances test. Either way, it'll be his first suspension, and the first Steeler to be suspended for either violation.


Saunders, a talented but troubled tight end, went undrafted in 2011 largely due to the problems he stirred up off the field. He was suspended for a game (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2010/08/uscs_weslye_saunders_suspended.html) by South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier for what he called a violation of team rules. Spurrier stressed it had nothing to do with an NCAA investigation into Saunders' attendance at a party which was later found to be promoted by an NFL agent.

Saunders eventually missed the entire 2010 season amid the NCAA investigation and his draft stock plummeted.

He hadn't been connected to any off-the-field issues through his rookie season publicly, and was seen as a young player on the rise. He is expected to make a bigger impact on the team's offense this season, but this suspension will push him back quite a bit, possibly leading the Steelers to re-consider the chance they gave Saunders as a UDFA last season.

Former Steelers WR Santonio Holmes (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1606/santonio-holmes) was suspended for four games, but was traded to the Jets (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-jets) before that suspension took place. Holmes was also suspended for a game in 2008 by the Steelers, not the league, following a marijuana possession arrest.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1630/ben-roethlisberger) was suspended for six games (with it reduced later to four games) for conduct detrimental to the league, and LB James Harrison (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1601/james-harrison) was suspended for a game in 2011 for a helmet-to-helmet hit onBrowns (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cleveland-browns) QB Colt McCoy.


Mister Pittsburgh
03-13-2012, 11:37 PM
Jeez. Either a 3RD(!) failed test or doing some sort of juice. Would ADD meds like stimulants fall under a performance enhancing category or no? Like one failed test could result in a suspension?

03-13-2012, 11:45 PM
One thing- if the Steelers were going to release him as a result of this, why wouldn't they have done that by now- given their financial situation?

Mister Pittsburgh
03-13-2012, 11:50 PM
From some Googling it sounds like it was Adderal for ADD & him or his agent didn't inform the league.

03-14-2012, 07:04 AM
From some Googling it sounds like it was Adderal for ADD & him or his agent didn't inform the league.

Yes, it was for ADD. I don't think they're appealing.

D Rock
03-14-2012, 07:38 AM
I would imagine Adderal would fall under the 'performance enhancing' umbrella. Just ask college students.

03-14-2012, 08:31 AM
Something doesn't ADD up. Wouldn't the Steelers team doctors know about the ADD? And wouldn't they then make darn sure the league knew of this drug being on board ("Hey, Wes, you turned that in to the league, right? Did you make a copy for us?")?

Assuming the Steelers weren't so incredibly incompetent they didn't follow up on this, I think there was probably something more than an "Oops, I forgot" going on here.


Oliver Steel-Stone

03-14-2012, 09:22 AM
Adderall is an amphetamine and therefore falls under the classification of "performance enhancing"...

03-14-2012, 08:14 PM
I was hoping this kid would have turned the corner this season on the field and made a good impact for the team and himself. Oh, well.

03-15-2012, 09:19 AM
I was hoping this kid would have turned the corner this season on the field and made a good impact for the team and himself. Oh, well.

Who is to say he won't?

Players come back from 4 game suspensions (like Roethlisberger) and still produce...

Right now, Saunders is inexpensive and talented...he is just raw and, apparently, has ADD...

In my mind (and probably the minds of the Steelers FO) there is a huge difference between taking a therapeutic drug and taking a recreational drug or assaulting another person...

If it was that big of a deal, they would have cut him already...he will be given the opportunity to compete in camp and OTAs...if he does well and does a better job of managing his repsonsibilities with the NFL, I see no reason why he won't be working his way back into the lineup for game 5...

03-15-2012, 10:48 AM
I like this kid and don't think this will be held against him (if it's an ADD drug). If anything I think his agent could be held accountable for not verifying what needed to be done. He has a big upside with a small price tag right now so lets stick with him.:tt2

03-15-2012, 11:54 AM
I have no doubt he can't rebound I, would have just liked to see him get the experience/playing time in with the first four games like any player. Ben was a proven guy and Saunders to me is still learning.