Former University of South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders will miss the first four games of the 2012 National Football League season after violating the league’s ban against performance-enhancing drugs.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound tight end – who caught four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown during his rookie season with the Pittsburgh Steelers – will be able to practice with the team and play in the postseason, but he won’t be paid for the four weeks that he’s suspended.

It’s not immediately clear whether Saunders knowingly violated league policy, but few are cutting him any slack given the off-field issues he encountered during his time with the Gamecocks.

“This isn’t the first time Saunders has run into trouble, which should raise a red flag for the Steelers,” ESPN’s Jamison Hensley wrote.

This website covered every aspect of the Saunders’ saga at USC – from the initial NCAA allegations against him in the summer of 2010 to his eventual dismissal from the team to his high-profile bid for reinstatement.

After initially denying any wrongdoing, Saunders later admitted that he lied to the NCAA about his dealings with a “runner” for an agent.

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