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Wes Welker suspended four games for violating PED policy

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Broncos receiver Wes Welker has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

According to multiple reports, Welker tested positive for a banned amphetamine.

Welker becomes one of the highest-profile NFL players to be busted for a PED violation. Welker led the league in receptions three times while with the Patriots, and he was a component of the best offense in the NFL last year with the Broncos.

There’s been much talk in recent days about whether Welker would be healthy enough to play in Week One after suffering a preseason concussion, but now that talk is moot: Welker will miss four games regardless of whether he is cleared by the league’s concussion protocol.

The Broncos should be in OK shape at receiver even without Welker, thanks to the signing of free agent receiver Emmanuel Sanders and the drafting of rookie receiver Cody Latimer.

Welker will not be permitted to practice with the team during the suspension. He will be eligible to return in Week Five.

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  1. hakunamangata says: Sep 2, 2014 7:02 PM

    He probably doesn’t remember taking them.

  2. doomsdaydefensetx says: Sep 2, 2014 7:02 PM

    Ahh yes, the Patriot way.

  3. bonnovi says: Sep 2, 2014 7:02 PM

    ♬When the game’s on the line, he’s the star of the team…♬

  4. slbasegame257 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:03 PM

    Now we know who the real super bowl cheaters are. GO HAWKS

  5. ar1888 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:03 PM

    Wow, didnt see this coming.

  6. 4thquartermagic says: Sep 2, 2014 7:03 PM

    Saves him 2 more concussions.

    As long as he’s cleared by December, Broncos will still be in good shape.

  7. 50milessouthofdetroit says: Sep 2, 2014 7:03 PM

    this could be a blessing in disguise for him as it prevents him from getting his bell rung for 4 weeks and can properly recover from his latest concussion, if that’s even possible

  8. ctiggs says: Sep 2, 2014 7:03 PM

    Lmao #nobodyhasitbetter

  9. Brown Anchor says: Sep 2, 2014 7:04 PM

    Cocaine?!?!

  10. tooz72 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:04 PM

    Not gonna help your hair grow, kojak

  11. theparadoxx82 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:04 PM

    No more bellicheck umbrella for you!

  12. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Sep 2, 2014 7:04 PM

    Belicheat spiked his protein shake. I guarantee it.

  13. peefrimgar says: Sep 2, 2014 7:05 PM

    He just didn’t want to disappear in the Super Bowl again this year. Maybe he thought PEDs would help.

  14. flash1287 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:05 PM

    No team has had more players suspended over the 2 years for PEDS than the broncos and Seahawks

  15. jerrysglassescleaner says: Sep 2, 2014 7:05 PM

    “Mr.Elway, Seahawks on line 1 requesting a possible trade. Oakland Raiders on line 2.”

  16. Ride The Tides says: Sep 2, 2014 7:06 PM

    Concussion medicine.

  17. idpfantasyfootball says: Sep 2, 2014 7:07 PM

    How do amphetamines help a concussion?

    He should have just asked Peyton if he had some spare stem cells….

  18. bayareacolt says: Sep 2, 2014 7:07 PM

    What? Wow

  19. ourempirestrikesback says: Sep 2, 2014 7:07 PM

    Wow, what a difference a year makes. At this time last year everybody was calling Belichick a moron for letting Welker go. But after Edelman had a better year than him last year and now that Welker is one concussion away from retirement on top of being suspended I would say Belichick has gotten the last laugh yet again.

  20. alshonbrandontandem says: Sep 2, 2014 7:07 PM

    Wow – that sucks.

  21. maestro1899 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:07 PM

    This is the best thing that could have happened to Welker.

  22. ctiggs says: Sep 2, 2014 7:08 PM

    The Seattle cheathawks have offered wes a 100 million dollar contract

  23. hrmlss says: Sep 2, 2014 7:08 PM

    Wow oh Wow~

  24. demolition510 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:08 PM

    Ruh roh

  25. nflgiant says: Sep 2, 2014 7:08 PM

    Time to move on…….This guy is done.

  26. gloryfromheaven46 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:08 PM

    Awkward….

  27. slats7 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:08 PM

    Concussions and speed — basically Wes Welker is a Motörhead song.

  28. aljack88 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:09 PM

    well, that kind of puts a blemish on all those stats the Bronco’s air show put up last year.

  29. billytodd2013blbaad says: Sep 2, 2014 7:09 PM

    can’t say I saw this one coming..wow!!

  30. mysterytonite says: Sep 2, 2014 7:09 PM

    He was framed. That adderall was planted on him during the Super Bowl.

  31. nfl4days says: Sep 2, 2014 7:09 PM

    Shoulda stayed with the Patriots.

  32. loyalraven says: Sep 2, 2014 7:09 PM

    This Clown is a disgrace to the NFL and drug addicts and cowards who hit women are a disgrace to humanity period. The NFL needs to get rid of these fakes (RAY RICE IM LOOKING AT YOU)

    Signed,
    -Loyal Raven’s Fan

    #Rapethlisberger
    #NOmeansNO

  33. javierjiminy says: Sep 2, 2014 7:09 PM

    Multiple concussions and now this? Should have never left New England.

  34. patriotsdefense says: Sep 2, 2014 7:09 PM

    Is Peyton going to taunt the urine collector?

  35. mrwalterisgod says: Sep 2, 2014 7:09 PM

    I love how all these non-Seahawks players are getting popped left and right.

  36. billytodd2013blbaad says: Sep 2, 2014 7:09 PM

    then again the nfl suspends for taking flintstone vitamins these days..

  37. allidoiswin55 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:09 PM

    Meanwhile every Seahawks article broncos fans say something about peds even though they haven’t had a ped suspension in over a year . Keep racking up those ped suspensions with the redskins and throwing those stones from that glass house . Only makes you look even crazier after your team has 2-3+ more players suspended for peds than the Seahawks.

    Seahawks whooped your team without any help from peds and facts prove this! Week three Seahawks 35 broncos 14. Once again proven your team is soft and can’t compete without cheating (lol something you’ve been saying ).

  38. bostonian13 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:09 PM

    HAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!! Wouldn’t be surprised if Peyton is next.

  39. mt10425 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:10 PM

    I’m shocked that Poster Boy’s favorite got suspended.

  40. dbara43 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:10 PM

    Lol, he obviously wasn’t using then in the Super Bowl.

  41. jlstaud says: Sep 2, 2014 7:10 PM

    FREAKING IDIOT. I do not understand how any of these guys every get busted. Don’t put things in your body that don’t belong there. Here comes the I’m sorry, I was taking a supplement that had a banned substance excuse. Moron.

  42. rg3andthensome says: Sep 2, 2014 7:10 PM

    This is why to FF draft tomorrow night nerds.

  43. gbfanforever says: Sep 2, 2014 7:10 PM

    Can’t Peyton just call up Goodell and get this little unpleasantness cleaned up?

  44. e7way says: Sep 2, 2014 7:10 PM

    He will be back week 6, Broncos have a week 4 bye.

  45. Andre's Johnson says: Sep 2, 2014 7:11 PM

    I’m both stunned and amused.

  46. lmfaooooo says: Sep 2, 2014 7:11 PM

    Hahaha at the Broncos.

    PED Gate.

  47. knightbeast says: Sep 2, 2014 7:11 PM

    How very convenient for Mr. Goodell. In a week filled with concern for Wes being voiced by fans, the media, and NFL personnel, about his many concussions, a miraculous “positive” test emerges. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence…

  48. polegojim says: Sep 2, 2014 7:11 PM

    Disappointing… and hope he cleans that up.

    The four game rest is also best for him.

  49. kaepernickisthekingofqbs says: Sep 2, 2014 7:12 PM

    LOL

    #NoOneHasItBETTER!
    #SeaHawkDethroned2014
    #Kap>YourQB

  50. ironyisadeadscene says: Sep 2, 2014 7:12 PM

    I bet Manning is to blame for this

  51. 302baller says: Sep 2, 2014 7:12 PM

    Every player cheats….if they’re not juicing they’re doping. The NFL is a joke with this Band-aid suspension stuff. They are not serious about cleaning up the league.

  52. monsterscream says: Sep 2, 2014 7:12 PM

    I wonder if his wife will blame Ray Lewis again?

  53. National Fanatic says: Sep 2, 2014 7:13 PM

    Great time to retire!
    (unless you’re in this for the money)

  54. rl79111 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:13 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! Little fella can’t hang anymore needs to cheat…..it’s the beliCHEAT influence in him.

    Broncos are way overrated!

  55. nyyjetsknicks says: Sep 2, 2014 7:13 PM

    $100 says he says it was adderall.

  56. wawa33 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:14 PM

    Welker’s response: “I thought the greenies were Flintstone chewable vitamins.”

  57. drewzducks says: Sep 2, 2014 7:14 PM

    No surprise. It’s what they do in Denver. Irsay ain’t got nothing on Romanowski. Was clean in New England but after realizing he wasn’t getting pinpoint passes from Brady anymore, he knew he had to do “something” to make up for Peyton’s many shortcomings.

  58. scmems07 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:14 PM

    Well, you know the old saying, if you can’t beat them, join them. If seasterisk is going to lead the league in ped suspensions over the last 4 year’s, looks like everyone else is going to try and make it work too. Problem is, not everyone can cheat as well as they can.

  59. denver1983 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:14 PM

    Come on Wes????

  60. jarredhero says: Sep 2, 2014 7:15 PM

    Adderall

  61. Getoffmylawn! says: Sep 2, 2014 7:15 PM

    So he is suspended for three games only then with the bye being their fourth week?
    I would think a PED suspension would be four games not weeks.
    BTW: the Seahawks are on the line…

  62. TeamBalco says: Sep 2, 2014 7:15 PM

    Oh noooooooo.

    Is Petyon still the QB? No worries, congrats to the next man up.

  63. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Sep 2, 2014 7:15 PM

    Didn’t put his best foot forward here

  64. ubeengronked says: Sep 2, 2014 7:16 PM

    Broncos = Cheaters. Nuf said.

  65. mackcarrington says: Sep 2, 2014 7:16 PM

    Is Peyton manning goin to self-righteously wag his finger in Welker’s face and say he deserves the suspension?

  66. overweightman says: Sep 2, 2014 7:17 PM

    After the Super Bowl, Welker decided, “If you can’t beat’em, join’em.”

  67. 12thlegion says: Sep 2, 2014 7:17 PM

    Now all the TRUE HATERS will start talking about the Seahawks for some reason. NFL’s and the Bronco’s poster boy of fairness caught using PED’s….and they all want to bring up the Seahawks.

    What’s funny is that he was probably on them last year during the SB, and still got straight BURGLED.

  68. seatownballers says: Sep 2, 2014 7:17 PM

    For the record, Seahawks aren’t interested in him

  69. ourempirestrikesback says: Sep 2, 2014 7:18 PM

    Now the only question is how long will it be before Talib gets busted again? For PED’s that is, because we all know his hip will be busted by October.

  70. fsstnotch says: Sep 2, 2014 7:18 PM

    Sanders fantasy stock just doubled! Glad I picked him up as a flex!

  71. scw1993 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:18 PM

    What’s golden boy going to do now? I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s taking something, too. All those padded stats….donkeys, bunch of cheaters.

  72. steelers4385 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:19 PM

    Woooooowww. Guy is roiding out of control

  73. toptx says: Sep 2, 2014 7:19 PM

    Once a Patriot always a Patriot!

  74. udontknowjacku says: Sep 2, 2014 7:19 PM

    This suspense just may have save his life!!! Do your time and get better Wes

  75. cybersqueak says: Sep 2, 2014 7:19 PM

    Must have borrowed some adderall from Richard Sherman.

  76. footballfundamentals says: Sep 2, 2014 7:20 PM

    Look at the bright side, if he drops 20 pounds he can spend the next four weeks as a jockey riding some of his racehorses.

  77. flipzm says: Sep 2, 2014 7:20 PM

    He looks like Jesse Pinkman and he got busted for using amphetamines. Coincidence? I think not!

  78. udontknowjacku says: Sep 2, 2014 7:20 PM

    This *suspension* just may have save his life!!! Do your time and get better Wes

  79. mclovin07 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:21 PM

    The guys 5’8 180….I’d use em too if I was his size!

  80. jlstaud says: Sep 2, 2014 7:21 PM

    If you think this is going to slow down the Denver Broncos offense you sir are an idiot.

  81. raiderapologist says: Sep 2, 2014 7:22 PM

    I thought they were all just drunks up there.

  82. beastmode5150 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:22 PM

    Any broncos fans that say “PEDHAWKS” around? Even though it’s been years, and we cut all guys that got popped outside of Irvin who’s super cheap.

  83. rick359 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:23 PM

    Would you guys stop screwing with my FFB lineups!
    Now I have to get another loser to replace this loser!

  84. cassrangers says: Sep 2, 2014 7:24 PM

    Adderall

  85. phootball says: Sep 2, 2014 7:24 PM

    Another black eye for the NFL. This time a guy with a “C” on his jersey? Smh

  86. 6ball says: Sep 2, 2014 7:24 PM

    .
    Danny (Ironman) Amendola will be in the lineup on Sunday.
    .

  87. scw1993 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:25 PM

    Oh don’t worry donkey fans!!! Megahead will get that “point of emphasis” changed too.

  88. sbdt says: Sep 2, 2014 7:25 PM

    Probably hair plug enhancements

  89. Ben says: Sep 2, 2014 7:25 PM

    So… four games suspended for drug use (most amphetamines are considered recreational, not PEDs), but only 2 games for brutally beating a woman on videotape. So recreational drug use is 2x more offensive than beating your fiancé… Yea… that’s fair. Wes Welker is a class act. I hope all goes well for him.

    -Ben

  90. holdsteady76 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:26 PM

    Does Molly really give athletes an edge on the football field? Thought this was a party drug. If it doesn’t enhance his play and he isn’t hurting anyone how is this anyone’s business?

    Go have a beer Wes, it’s far more dangerous but socially acceptable. Hypocrisy.

  91. thetooloftools says: Sep 2, 2014 7:27 PM

    How in the world do players think they are going to get away with this stuff? I still think testing for weed is just stupid though.

  92. kenstabler says: Sep 2, 2014 7:27 PM

    Test his horse too?

  93. palatypus says: Sep 2, 2014 7:28 PM

    Well, it certainly wasn’t Human Growth Hormone.

  94. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:28 PM

    well that suspsension worked out for timing. he may not have played for the first couple games anyway.

  95. drewzducks says: Sep 2, 2014 7:29 PM

    5,477 passing yards* 55 TDs*

    Those 2 asterisks match their 2 from 1998 and 1999.

  96. rick359 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:30 PM

    On the bright side it gives him time to recover from his concussion!

  97. oaunig says: Sep 2, 2014 7:34 PM

    Love how the Patriot haters are pinning this on the pats. Pretty sure he has been a Bronco for the past and current season. Lol

  98. Slackmo says: Sep 2, 2014 7:34 PM

    Rex Ryan said Welker needs to work on his footwork while on suspension.

  99. tim11959tim119 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:38 PM

    I don’t care if they smoke crack at halftime as long as they stop killing people while driving drunk, beating up women, etc. etc. etc.

  100. scmems07 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:39 PM

    “Any broncos fans that say “PEDHAWKS” around? Even though it’s been years, and we cut all guys that got popped outside of Irvin who’s super cheap”

    The Seahawks cut Richard Sherman?

  101. jdrewsy says: Sep 2, 2014 7:39 PM

    What will the PEDenver Broncos do now?

  102. catquick says: Sep 2, 2014 7:39 PM

    Wasn’t he with Brady at the Derby?

  103. hairpie2 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:41 PM

    So, the Broncos need to cheat and play with an illegal roster to win SB’s, then they are the only team ever, caught video taping other teams practices, now they have players suspended for PED’S??? why cant they stop cheating?

  104. jr4real says: Sep 2, 2014 7:41 PM

    If you believe Welker was clean in NE you have your head buried in the sand.

  105. vcupats says: Sep 2, 2014 7:48 PM

    So he basically lost the money he made by signing with Denver over NE. Splendid.

  106. higheriqthanyou says: Sep 2, 2014 7:50 PM

    “Wonder how I can keep from getting embarrassed by the Hawks again…

    Hey, I have an idea!”

  107. djcologne says: Sep 2, 2014 7:53 PM

    Yet another Broncos player on drugs….shocker!

  108. tindeaux says: Sep 2, 2014 8:01 PM

    once a cheater (patriot), always a cheater!

  109. dbot1800 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:01 PM

    When Manning heard of the suspension he ran down the field to yell at D J Swearinger again.

  110. eagleswin says: Sep 2, 2014 8:02 PM

    This is a good thing for Welker as it gives him time to properly recover from the concussion.

  111. bigdaddy44 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:06 PM

    Typical Bronco cheater. Just like when they won the Superbowl by violating the salary cap. Ever notice Peyton has always needed someone to cheat for him to win, like Dungy and Polian with the rules committee changing the rules specifically to give him an advantage. They did it 10 years ago and the league is the one doing it this year to let Peyton win for all the marketing revenue. He is the most $marketable$ player in NFL history.

  112. dustin5565 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:08 PM

    He tested positive for Molly, not steroids! So he’s on drugs, but not a cheater the way this article is painting it..

  113. pats3rings says: Sep 2, 2014 8:14 PM

    To repair the league image of having a serious drug problem the NBA simply stopped testing their players for recreational drugs.

  114. jchipwood says: Sep 2, 2014 8:18 PM

    Your not playing for Goodells favorite team anymore wes so that means u have to follow the rules now.

  115. bucsorbust says: Sep 2, 2014 8:19 PM

    After all the concern over his concussion. Man, you can’t make this stuff up.

  116. swagger52 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:22 PM

    This would have been covered up as a Patriot.

    I wonder what other Patriots are on PEDS?

    Different rules,
    T-Sizzle

  117. bradygirl12 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:23 PM

    I foolishly thought Welker was smarter than this. Peyton Manning must be thrilled.

  118. 5to46hawkfan says: Sep 2, 2014 8:36 PM

    Not to worry broncos…. Niners still lead the league in criminal!!!

  119. 5to46hawkfan says: Sep 2, 2014 8:36 PM

    Criminals…

  120. 5to46hawkfan says: Sep 2, 2014 8:37 PM

    Criminals….

  121. scw1993 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:38 PM

    To those of you airheads who think welker is still a NE player….he is on the Denver Broncos….and stop complaining that you never see Belichick smile. I bet he’s smiling now.

  122. phinfan says: Sep 2, 2014 8:38 PM

    always wonder after he left miami he seemed to bulk up… then when he left for denver he bulked up more.

  123. saucegarbonzo says: Sep 2, 2014 8:52 PM

    Hahaha Wes got caught doing meth, come to think about it he does bare a striking resemblance to that dude from breaking bad.

  124. xsm941f says: Sep 2, 2014 8:53 PM

    Claiming the sample was “tainted” is lame beyond words. EVERYONE says that. The more important thing is what others with a brain have written. This guy is putting his body and head through an awful lot. I have no idea what his financial situation is but when is enough, enough?

  125. 6superbowls says: Sep 2, 2014 9:11 PM

    Emmanuel Sanders. LOL

  126. kc571 says: Sep 2, 2014 9:18 PM

    Suspension shouldn’t start until he can play. I bet he would have missed a few games from the concussion.

  127. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 2, 2014 9:36 PM

    The PEDs got into his system through osmosis, bumping into all those Seahawk players.

  128. wny49er says: Sep 2, 2014 10:05 PM

    He really put his foot in it this time!

  129. wtfkwp says: Sep 2, 2014 11:08 PM

    Wait…Welker’s a pedo? Not surprised, silly donk!

  130. beerndrums says: Sep 2, 2014 11:27 PM

    the cheater fans are eating this up
    they’ll tell you how belicheat knew this was going on
    you guys crack me up

  131. edithpiaf51 says: Sep 3, 2014 1:12 AM

    This news really surprised me.

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