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Jalen Saunders of the Chicago Bears suspended four games

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It is safe to say that the Chicago Bears have not had an ideal start to the 2015 NFL season.

As we pass the halfway point of the campaign, the Bears currently sit on a 3-5 record that is far away from what Chicago fans would have expected following the hirings of John Fox and Adam Gase. Things don't look like they'll be getting better for the Bears any time soon, either.

This is after wide receiver Jalen Saunders was suspended by Roger Goodell and the National Football League.


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Saunders Suspended

According to a tweet from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Saunders has been banned for four games for an unnamed violation of league policy.

Saunders was selected by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2014 Draft out of Oklahoma, where he excelled thanks to his sprinter-like speed and acceleration.

The 23-year-old appeared in 15 games last year as a return specialist, averaging 46.3 yards on his three kick returns and 8.3 yards on 15 punt returns.


However, Saunders has struggled badly to really cement a place for himself on any roster in the pro game. He was released by the Jets after only a handful of games in his rookie season. The speedster then found himself land on the practice squad of both the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks before making the 53-man roster of the New Orleans Saints.

Saunders had a modicum of success for the Saints, appearing in nine games and making it onto their roster for the 2015 season. He was then traded to the Patriots - where he was cut after four days - and found himself with the Bears, his sixth team in less than two years.

Time will tell if the Bears decide to keep him around or whether he'll be looking for team number seven.

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