Saunders was suspended four games by the NFL on Tuesday for violating an undisclosed league policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. Saunders is currently on Chicago's practice squad and has been unable to see time on the field this season after beginning the year with New England. The 23-year-old has made a total of nine outings since leaving Oklahoma and turning pro, but his future outlook as a viable NFL wideout looks bleak, especially after Tuesday's suspension.
The Patriots made a deal Tuesday, reportedly trading for wide receiver and return specialist Jalen Saunders in return for a conditional draft pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Saunders was drafted by the Jets last season, but played on the practice squads of the Cardinals and Seahawks before joining the Saints. He had lost his return job to Marcus Murphy in the preseason.
The Saints have cut running back Brian Leonard and picked up wide receiver Jalen Saunders off the Seahawks' practice squad, a source has told ESPN.
The Seahawks announced several roster moves on Tuesday, per the team's official website. The team will keep defensive back Eric Pinkins (foot) on the reserve/non-football injury list for the remainder of the season. Seattle waived tight end Brett Brackett and wide receiver Chris Matthews from the practice squad and signed tight end Tony Moeaki and wide receiver Bryan Walters to the 53-man roster. The team also added safety Dion Bailey and wide receiver Jalen Saunders to the practice squad.
The Cardinals signed wide receiver Solomon Patton to the practice squad Saturday, waiving wide receiver Jalen Saunders in a corresponding move. Patton served as the Buccaneers' primary return man over the team's first six games.
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