Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Weslye Saunders has been suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season, Aaron Wilson of Scout.com reports.
Which policy Saunders violated to earn the suspension was not disclosed.
Saunders was suspended for his final college season at South Carolina for making improper contact with agents. A foot injury hampered Saunders at last year's Combine and caused him to undrafted in April's draft.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Saunders received a $4,000 signing bonus from the Steelers after the lockout and made the team's 53-man roster coming out of training camp. Saunders started six of 16 games and caught four passes for 29 yards with a touchdown and one tackle on special teams in his rookie season. Saunders was also active for the Steelers' playoff loss to the Denver Broncos.
Saunders will eligible to participate in the team's off-season workout program, including OTAs and mini-camps, and can participate in training camp and the preseason. If Saunders makes the 53-man roster, he will have to sit out the first four games of the season, which would cost him $109,412 of his $465,000 base salary.