August 31, 2005

Colts’ Pope suspended for drugs violation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Indianapolis Colts linebacker
Kendyll Pope has been suspended for the upcoming season for
violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Based on the length of his suspension, Pope, 24, tested
positive for a banned substance at least three times.

The Colts released a one-paragraph statement Wednesday
announcing the suspension but did not reveal the drugs
involved. The suspension begins immediately.

A second-year linebacker out of Florida State, the
6-foot-1, 220-pound Pope had a nagging thigh injury last year
and played sparingly.

The former fourth-round draft choice was listed on the
second team on the Colts' depth chart.