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Wes Welker officially suspended first four games of season

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The NFL officially announced Tuesday night that Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker will miss the first four games of the season after violating the league’s performance enhancing drugs policy.

The four game suspension will actually be a five-week ban in total as the Broncos bye week falls in Week 4. Welker is eligible to return to the team’s active roster on Monday, October 6. He will miss games against the Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. All four teams won at least 10 games last season.

“Tonight’s news regarding Wes is very disappointing for our team, but we understand the league’s authority in this area. While it’s unfortunate to not have him to start the year, I have full confidence in our wide receivers and expect that group to continue playing at a high level,” head coach John Fox said in a statement.

“I have no doubt that Wes will remain focused on his preparations for the season and stay in excellent shape during his time away from the team.”

The banishment under the PED policy happened because Welker took MDMA, a banned substance under the substance-abuse policy, that had been cut with amphetamines, a banned substance under the PED policy.

The timing of the announcement was somewhat odd. It comes late on a Tuesday night and the Broncos had likely already built a game plan with the assumption Welker was going to be available to play this week. In addition, if the suspension had been announced before final cuts on Saturday, the team could have kept an additional player during cuts as Welker would have been placed on the reserve/suspended list.

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22 Responses to “Wes Welker officially suspended first four games of season”
  1. 4thqtrsaint says: Sep 2, 2014 11:05 PM

    Irsay wants to know what took ‘em so long?

  2. charger383 says: Sep 2, 2014 11:09 PM

    I am way past tired of all this suspension stuff

  3. tolan04 says: Sep 2, 2014 11:11 PM

    Thanks for the clarification I actually believed he was playing week 1……

    : l

  4. doe22us says: Sep 2, 2014 11:20 PM

    He popped a molly and is sweating the consequences.

  5. conspiracybrotherjones says: Sep 2, 2014 11:23 PM

    4 games??? He must have hit Molly twice…

  6. darwinsdad says: Sep 2, 2014 11:25 PM

    “The timing of the announcement was somewhat odd. It comes late on a Tuesday night…”

    The NFL usually announces suspensions on Monday. Is it really all that odd that this one was announced on a Tuesday, since Monday was a holiday?

  7. darwinsdad says: Sep 2, 2014 11:27 PM

    Also, he had his appeal heard on August 20th, so the Broncos were hardly caught off guard.

  8. natefalkirk says: Sep 2, 2014 11:33 PM

    As a Patriots fan, all I can say is that between multiple concussions and now this PED ban, I don’t really miss Welker. I thought it was too bad he couldn’t get a deal done to stay in NE, but oh well.

  9. legionofboom88 says: Sep 2, 2014 11:34 PM

    But I bet he feels MDMA-zing…

  10. bronkko says: Sep 2, 2014 11:42 PM

    Wes likes to go to raves?

  11. russellwestbrooksucks says: Sep 2, 2014 11:43 PM

    Cheater Patriots…

  12. tebakewh says: Sep 2, 2014 11:44 PM

    Smoking weed results in a year suspension
    Amphetamines results in 4 game suspension
    And beating your wife results in 2 game suspension

    Makes sense

  13. jagsdynasty says: Sep 2, 2014 11:49 PM

    This would never happen in such a great football organization that is the Jaguars.

    #professional

    #modelorganization

  14. pats777 says: Sep 3, 2014 12:23 AM

    So he is banished from playing under the trifecta of PED, Substance Abuse and Concussion Protocol Policies? Being such a stingy gambler, he should of went for the Superfecta and slapped his wife, SMH.

  15. brokebackbrees says: Sep 3, 2014 2:02 AM

    Lol. Football players really starting to like the MDMA. Too bad by the time its used its probably already cut with 50 “banned substances” Pure MDMA is a fun time.

  16. whodey420 says: Sep 3, 2014 2:11 AM

    If you can’t beat em (Seahawks) join em!!

    Especially with Jello-O head!!

  17. whodey420 says: Sep 3, 2014 2:15 AM

    Emmanuel Sanders value just went up for 4 weeks in Fantasy Football as well!

    If you don’t already have em, you may want to add him.

  18. RegisHawk says: Sep 3, 2014 4:31 AM

    Now we know why he was handing out $100 bills at the Kentucky Derby…

  19. tribefever says: Sep 3, 2014 6:22 AM

    So he’s rejoining the broncos a month ago?

  20. stealthscorpio says: Sep 3, 2014 7:35 AM

    Does MDMA (Molly) make your brain weaker/more susceptible to concussions?

  21. thebirdofprey2 says: Sep 3, 2014 8:37 AM

    Denver/Washington are now leaders in the NFL for PED use over the last few years. Not sure where the Giants fall but I remember when Seattle’s name was going through the mud they were only 1 away and that was two years ago.

  22. marima07 says: Sep 3, 2014 8:50 AM

    Please keep in mind you don’t know for certain what Welker took – only that he tested positive for a PED (He denies taking MDMA, or anything).

    “Unnamed sources” say a lot of things.

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