Steelers TE Weslye Saunders Admits He Took Adderall

We reported a while back that a source had informed us that Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Weslye Saunders tested positive for the banned substance Adderall and that was the reason he was suspended for the first four games of 2012 season. Saunders has now confirmed that report himself via Twitter as he posted in response to a follower of his asking why he didn\’t know it the drug was illegal. Saunders response was, “lolll —cuz my 11 yr old brother takes it. Had no clue”

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Adderall is a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine tablets are also used to treat narcolepsy (a sleep disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden attacks of sleep). The combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine is in a class of medications called central nervous system stimulants. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain.

Quite a few people have been known to use Adderall to keep them awake on long drives and as a way to lose weight as well. Possession of the drug requires a prescription, which one could speculate that Saunders\’ younger brother indeed has. It is unknown why Saunders was taking the drug, but it does not matter at this point. He would have needed to have it cleared with the league prior to taking it drug. While it was likely an honest mistake, it is one that can\’t be reversed and thus Saunders must now sit out the first four games of the 2012 season, assuming he makes the roster.

The Steelers signed veteran tight end Leonard Pope to the roster earlier this week and they could indeed address the position at some point during the draft as well. They have already had two tight ends make pre draft visits this month and there could be more on the way. Saunders will be able to take part in OTA sessions, training camp and preseason games prior to his suspension starting. Should the Steelers decide to keep him, he will placed on the reserve suspended list to start the season and will not count against the 53 man roster as a result. He is 2012 salary cap charge of $466,333.00 will stick even if he is placed on the suspended list to start the season. (((CORRECTION))) [[I believe only the prorated signing bonus portion of Saunders contract will count against the salary cap in 2012 while suspended, not the base salary portion per CBA.]]

Saunders was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent after the lockout ended last offseason and made the 53 man roster out of training camp. He played in all 16 regular season games for the Steelers last season and logged nearly 250 snaps on offense, mostly in three tight end packages. He was targeted 7 times in the passing game and recorded 4 catches for 29 yards to go along with 1 touchdown catch.


    Dave – I think you meant to use the word ‘prescription’ instead of ‘subscription.’ It is looking more and more like this wasn’t a case of his having a prescription and being under a doctor’s treatment, but rather experimental recreational use.

  • SteelersDepot

    Yep, fast typing stubby fingers and a brain that runs 22 minutes ahead of the rest of the world.

  • Jprankster2005

    Release him and Johnson……. Saunders will not be a steeler next yr. I can put my money on it….. They don’t screw around with shit like that…….. hell there franchise QB was almsot released for screwing up so I don’t see him being a Steeler…..

  • Pretty amazing when a pro athlete isn’t more conscious of what he puts in his body. It should be no secret to any player, that there is a banned substances list. What a dummy.

  • Clintmartin

    you couldn’t be more wrong! Santanio Holmes hit the Wacky weed all the time and got busted they kept his sorry booty around for awhile after that.
    But Saunders isn’t Holmes!

  • Clintmartin

    No he has a subscription to adderall Illustrated.

  • Wdmason

    OMG another case where someone puts their foot in their mouth via twitter. I would have expected him to say he forgot to report his prescription but it now appears that he may have stolen a few of his brothers pills for recreational use. So sad because he has so much potential.

    I hope the Steelers give him another chance but more important I hope he realizes his error and turns his life around before it gets any worse.. We need you Weslye please stop taking your little brothers prescription or did you make this up as a cover up for something worse like smoking crack??.

  • Wdmason

    Adding to may last post. Did he test positive specifically for Adderall or did he test positive for Amphetamines?

  • Guest

    Sure, release him if they get Fleener. But if the choice at backup TE is Saunders or Pope, it is Saunders hands down. Pope can’t block, gets penalties, & drops passes. Yeah, I want him for my TE.

  • Jprankster2005

    crack isn’t a amphetamine……. Meth is……

  • Jprankster2005

    I wish I knew u cuz I would put a 100 dollar bill on it he isn’t a steeler week 1

  • Jprankster2005

    And Holmes is a bad apple but he has alot more talent then Saunders but I get what your sayn

  • DK

    wrong is wrong…so with that said at least it’s adderall (if that was what got him in trouble) and not some-type of hormone…(if this is the drug and a honest mistake) I don’t think he should get cut he has too much potential and this does not show a character issue

  • Holmes was never held to 4 catches on the year. Productive players get the benefit of the doubt, unproductive players don’t. Saunders is history.

  • Steelerfanmatt1933

    Maybe he ordered the pills online from Canada. Then, it would be a subscription. 🙂

  • PoKey21

    lol word around the block is that adderall is also referred to as the poor mans coke. Not saying Johnson knew that or anything. More then likely he took a pill by accident or for something else, and ended up enjoying the buzz. He thought hey if an 11 year old takes it why not? Its probably good he found out. If he kept taking it he would become dependent on it.


    When I am told that I have issues, I reply “No. I have a lifetime subscription.”

  • SteelersBall

    Agreed. How could a college graduate not know? IMHO that makes him a kier and drug abuser and stupid for saying he did not know. Absolute character issue.

  • SteelersBall

    Probably Holmes never said he smoke his brothers weed by accident LOL

  • I employ a buttload of college kids in the summer and Adderall is a very popular recreational drug for that age group. It does in fact produce a buzz and I had to let an employee go who was abusing that particular drug. Nice kid – but definitely had a problem.

    Others used it as Dave suggested … to help stay awake and lose weight and that’s as far as it went.

    Obviously I have no idea why Saunders took it and I’m not suggesting he should or shouldn’t remain a Steeler but to assume it was just an innocent mistake is a poor assumption.

  • Clintmartin

    I agree with you on the point that they should cut him, I was disagreeing with the point about Steelers don’t put up with that Shit.
    You are probably right that is why they brought in Pope.
    Productive players will be tolerated more than a young guy with alot of potential.

  • Rusteromeo

    Dear God NO , not adderall.. I can’t believe this is even a thing! adderall? really people?

  • Wdmason

    Really? Have you had any tested lately? I can tell you this crack can be a combination of anything cheap and most likely contains amphetamine.

  • Wdmason

    Prescription drugs can be just as dangerous and addicting as the street variety and he could have been caught and charged with felony possession.

    I assumed he had a prescription but failed to report it. That was untill he tweeted. When will they ever learn? Now the whole world knows he either bought this drug off the streets or stole his little brothers medication.. Or is that what he wanted us to think?

    Maybe this was a one time experiment and I hope he can put it behind him and move on. Everyone deserves a second chance. Also learn to stay away from Twitter lol.

  • Billcathy

    Cuz my 11year old brother takes it???…….this guys sounds very uneducated with the inability to think appropriately for himself.