Report: Steelers Expected To Receive One Week Roster Exemption For Weslye Saunders
The Pittsburgh Steelers might not have to make a roster move during the upcoming short week to accommodate suspended tight end Weslye Saunders, as Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports via Twitter that the team is expected to be granted a one week roster exemption.
Saunders can return to the team Monday after serving his four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. The suspension had been handed down this past February after the South Carolina product reportedly tested positive for the drug Adderall.
The Steelers will still only be allowed to dress 46 players for their Thursday road game against the Tennessee Titans and they will have to get back down to the league mandated 53 player roster after that.
Rookie tight end David Paulson appears to have passed veteran Leonard Pope on the depth chart based on the amount of playing time he received in the win Sunday over the Philadelphia Eagles. This could mean that Pope could be the player released when the Steelers have to finally make the move and trim down to 53.