INDIANAPOLIS – Colts tight end Weslye Saunders was suspended eight games without pay after violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
League officials did not say Thursday what substance was found in Saunders’ test. He can practice with the Colts throughout training camp and will be eligible to play in preseason games. But he won’t be eligible to play in the regular season until after the Colts’ game Nov. 3 against Houston.
Last year, the NFL imposed a four-game suspension on Saunders for violating the same substance policy. The Steelers subsequently released Saunders in October. Indianapolis signed him five days later and he wound up catching two passes for 15 yards with the Colts.
Saunders is the third Colts player in less than a month to run into trouble off the field.
In June, the league announced receiver LaVon Brazill would be suspended for four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Earlier this month, backup safety Joe Lefeged was arrested in Washington on a gun possession charge. He has not been disciplined by the league.
Cowboys DT accused in DWI death retires
Dallas defensive tackle Josh Brent retired from football at the age of 25, saying doing the right things in life is more important as he prepares to defend himself against a manslaughter charge in the drunken-driving crash that killed a teammate.
Brent’s football career has been on hold since the Dec. 8 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a practice squad player, college teammate and close friend.
Brent is charged with intoxication manslaughter and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, though he could also get probation.
Around the league
The Santa Clara County (Calif.) District Attorney’s Office said it won’t pursue assault charges against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks because of insufficient evidence in the case. Jacksonville and sixth-round draft pick Josh Evans, a safety from Florida, agreed to terms on a contract. He should get a signing bonus around $130,000.