Indianapolis Colts tight end Weslye Saunders became the second Colt to be suspended this offseason as he was suspended by the NFL eight games for a failed performance enhancing drug test. A month ago Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill also was suspended by the league as he’s due to miss the first four games due to a failed drug test himself.
The Colts released Brazill as a result of the failed test. Now, many will ask what this Saunders suspension means to the team.
First off, the Colts are not cheaters and the players don’t have a drug problem. Brazill was a headache as his effort was down, and he got caught for a different type of drug than Saunders. His suspension and release had nothing to do with a team problem.
Saunders’ problem was steroids. Again, this isn’t a locker room problem. This is an isolated incident and the Colts likely will take care of the issue.
As far as on the field issues this means nothing. Saunders isn’t a starter and likely would have played a similar role as he did in 2012.
The tight end was brought to the roster in October when starter Coby Fleener was injured and out for a few weeks. Still Saunders didn’t play much as he only had two receptions for 15 yards last year.
The Colts likely will start both Fleener and Dwayne Allen at both tight end spots and would have used Saunders and Dominique Jones in reserve roles backing them up.
Now, the Colts actually could upgrade as Mr. Irrelevant in this past April’s draft, Justice Cunningham, went from a bubble spot to likely a guaranteed 53-man active roster spot. Cunningham was drafted to back up Fleener while Jones back ups Allen.
Cunningham had 23 receptions for 324 yards last season at South Carolina. He was a four-year letter winner at SC and brings some talent where the loss of Saunders for the first eight games won’t put the Colts’ progress back.