Pope Suspended for a Year

After testing positive for a banned substance three times, Colts linebacker Kendyll Pope was slapped with a one-year suspension.

Colts linebacker Kendyll Pope was suspended for a full year by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Based on the penalty imposed, Pope evidently tested positive for a third time for a banned substance.

The team is prohibited from discussing the specifics, but defenesive coordinator Ron Meeks expressed his disappointment for Pope at a personal level, and for the team as Pope had been progressing well as a key backup in the linebacking corps.

"I thought the kid had a chance to help us," Meeks told the Associated Press. "I feel bad. I really hope he can come around for us."

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