Former Gamecock tight end Weslye Saunders (Gregory Shamus, Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts cut tight end Weslye Saunders on Thursday, one week after he was suspended by the NFL for eight games for violating the performance enhancing drugs policy.
Saunders signed with the Colts last October and played in 11 games (four starts), making two receptions for 15 yards.
He served a four-game suspension for violating the same policy earlier in 2012 while with the Steelers, who subsequently released him.
While at South Carolina, he was questioned by NCAA investigators about possible contact with an agent and was later suspended by Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier for violations the coach said were not related to the NCAA probe. Less than a month after first announcing the suspension, in August 2010, Spurrier kicked Saunders off the team. Instead of transferring, Saunders wound up forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
Saunders went undrafted and signed with the Steelers as a free agent.