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Steelers TE Weslye Saunders Suspended for Four Games

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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.

There is no word on the reason for the suspension, but it's likely for one of two things: 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.

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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 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 was suspended for four games, but was traded to the 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 was suspended for six games (with it reduced later to four games) for conduct detrimental to the league, and LB James Harrison was suspended for a game in 2011 for a helmet-to-helmet hit onBrowns QB Colt McCoy.



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Steelers Tight End Weslye Saunders suspended 4 games

It is being reported by several outlets that Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Weslye Saunders has been suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for an undisclosed violation. Saunders, who signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent following the lockout, could not be reached for comment as he his currently vacationing out in Las Vegas. We will update this report with more information as we get it. Saunders missed his senior season at South Carolina after he had lied to NCAA investigators over an inquiry into improper contact with agents. It led to his draft stock eventually falling as was projected to be an earlier round drafted tight end before that took place. Saunders is rumored to have violated the NFL drug policy.

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Report: Weslye Saunders Suspended Four Games For Undisclosed Violation

It is being reported by several outlets that Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Weslye Saunders has been suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for an undisclosed violation. Saunders, who signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent following the lockout, could not be reached for comment as he his currently vacationing out in Las Vegas. We will update this report with more information as we get it.

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Harrison suspended for one game

One day after linebacker James Harrison said he didn’t think his hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy deserved a suspension, the National Football League thought differently.Harrison rece...

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Harrison suspended for one game

One day after linebacker James Harrison said he didn’t think his hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy deserved a suspension, the National Football League thought differently.Harrison rece...

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Steelers’ Harrison Suspended For 1 Game

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Steelers say linebacker James Harrison has been suspended for one game following his hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy last Thursday night.

This morning, the Steelers released a statement that said: ”We have been advised that James Harrison has been suspended for one game.”

Reports swirled over the weekend that the NFL was considering a suspension for the linebacker.

The hit drew a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty.

However, Harrison said after practice on Monday that he didn’t think the hit deserved a suspension.

Meanwhile, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said during his weekly press conference today that the team accepts the league’s ruling. He said he talked to the linebacker briefly on the phone.

Tomlin said during his press conference: “We’re disappointed for James because we know quite frankly how hard he’s worked to play within the rules. Obviously, he hit him. He hit him illegally and he has to suffer the consequences.”

Harrison was fined $ 125,000 last season for illegal hits.

As a result of the suspension, Harrison is not allowed to practice with the team this week. He is appealing the decision.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

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Harrison suspended for hit on McCoy

Steelers linebacker James Harrison was suspended today by the NFL for Monday's game at San Francisco, according to a league spokesman.

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Steelers LB James Harrison Doesn’t Think He Will Be Suspended For Colt McCoy Hit

Gerry Dulac reported today via Twitter that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison said today that he doesn't think he will be suspended by NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit Thursday night on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. Dulac quoted Harrison as saying, "I don’t think I have anything to worry about." According to Dulac, Harrison continued on to say, "Not going to go with ifs. I don’t have to worry about that. We'll see what happens." There have been several reports speculating since the game ended Thursday night that Harrison will likely be fined six figures for the fourth Read more [...]Steelers LB James Harrison Doesn’t Think He Will Be Suspended For Colt McCoy Hit is a post from: Steelers Depot

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James Harrison doesn’t think he should be suspended, or fined

As the football-following world waits for the NFL to inform Steelers linebacker James Harrison of the sanction for his helmet-to-face hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, Harrison doesn’t believe he should be suspended. Undermining Harrison’s position is that he also believes he shouldn’t be fined. “I don’t think a suspension is worthy,” Harrison said Monday,…

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