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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Saunders thankful for another chance

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts tight end Weslye Saunders knows his opportunities will run out at some point if he doesn’t get his act together. That’s why he feels fortunate that the Colts are giving him another shot after he served his eight-game suspension for a second violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy. The Colts signed Saunders to fill the final spot on their 53-man roster Tuesday.

“Wes served his suspension and obviously did a great job working while he was away, staying in shape,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “Good to have Wes back in the fold.”

The Colts released Saunders shortly before the start of training camp after the league suspended him. Saunders spent his time staying in shape by playing basketball at a YMCA on the south side of Indianapolis for the first two months then was working out in Arizona for the final month before signing with the Colts.

“Very humbling to say the least, getting cut before training camp and got a long time to think about things,” Saunders said. “Study the game, work out or you could sit at home and be lazy. You pretty much have two choices, so I decided to get in the gym and lose about 15 pounds and be ready to go Week 8. Here we are.”

Saunders has caught six passes for 44 yards and a touchdown in 27 career games. It’s uncertain how soon he’ll have an impact since he didn't take part in training camp and Coby Fleener and Jack Doyle are in front of him on the depth chart.

“I’m 24, I feel like I have the rest of my life ahead of me,” Saunders said. “I feel like I had a great thing here with the Colts organization. In my head, I felt like they hadn’t given up on me and after the suspension it proved to show I was right. Thank goodness. I feel like I’ve been gone on vacation for a little while. The guys accepted me and everybody was excited to see me. I was excited to see everybody. It felt good to be here.”