Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Pittsburgh Steelers second-year tight end Weslye Saunders had his second appeal denied by the NFL last week.
Saunders was suspended by the league for four weeks back in early February because he violated the leagues performance enhancing drugs policy. The terms of the suspension did allow Saunders to take part in all of the Steelers practices and preseason games leading up to the final cut down this coming Friday.
On Friday Saunders will be placed on the Steelers Reserve/Suspended list and will not count against the 53 man roster or the salary cap during his suspension and he will not be allowed to practice or be around the team or the facility for the first four weeks of the season.
Bouchette reported back in early August that Saunders will essentially miss four weeks of pay and not four games as the Steelers bye week is in week 4 this year. That means that Saunders, who tested positive for the drug Adderall, should be back for the week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.