Steelers release TE Saunders

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Weslye Saunders, who spent the first four games of the season on suspension, was released by the team on Friday.

Saunders, who started six games as a rookie for the Steelers in 2011, was forced to sit out Pittsburgh's initial four contests for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The club had a roster exemption for the former undrafted free agent in Week 6, which expired following Thursday's 26-23 loss at Tennessee.

The 23-year-old Saunders appeared in all 16 contests last season and recorded four catches totaling 29 yards with one touchdown.