5:23pm: Sanders is being suspended for a violation of the substance abuse policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.
4:43pm: Free agent wide receiver Ace Sanders has been suspended for ten games by the NFL, according to Howard Balzer of USA Today Sports (on Twitter). Sanders was released by Jacksonville last month and has yet to be picked up by another club.
A recent report indicated that teams including the Seahawks, Dolphins, and Lions had interest in Sanders, but today’s development probably means that he won’t be signed anytime soon. There’s no word yet on what Sanders was suspended for, though the former fourth-round pick served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy during his time in Jacksonville.
Sanders, 23, had a decent rookie season in 2013, hauling in 51 balls, though he only averaged 9.5 yards per catch and reached the end zone just once. The South Carolina product wasn’t a major part of the Jaguars’ offense last season, after the team used multiple 2014 draft picks to add receiving help. He saw just seven targets in 2014, earning most of his playing time on special teams, where he returned 32 punts, averaging 7.1 yards per return.