Steelers tight end Weslye Saunders has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2012 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances.
Saunders, an undrafted rookie in 2011, is eligible to participate in all preseason games and practices before his suspension begins Sept. 1.
This is not the first time Saunders has had off-the-field problems.
He declared for the NFL draft after his junior season at South Carolina because he was kicked off the team in September 2010 for violating team rules. That was one of the reasons he was not drafted, even though he was regarded as one of the top tight ends in the draft.
Saunders was the Steelers' third tight end last season. He caught four passes for 29 yards and one touchdown.
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