The health of Wes Welker has been a major concern for the Denver Broncos over the last week or so due to a concussion suffered in the third week of the preseason. Now the concern has shifted for the Broncos with Welker being suspended by the NFL, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter on September 2:
Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been suspended four games for use of amphetamines, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Welker's suspension was confirmed by Pro Football Talk:
According to multiple reports, Welker tested positive for a banned amphetamine.
Without Welker on the field for the next four weeks, Peyton Manning and company will lose a valuable piece to the offensive puzzle. Welker is arguably one of the best slot receivers in the league and continues to produce at a high level in Denver after making a name for himself as Tom Brady's go-to guy in New England.
As a result of Welker's suspension, Manning will have to defer to his other receivers. Fortunately for Denver, the Broncos are as stacked at the wide receiver position as any team in the league. Denver has Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and tight end Julius Thomas at Manning's disposal which should be enough for this offense to continue firing on all cylinders to start the 2014 NFL season.
The Broncos will start the season next week against the Manning's former team in the Indianapolis Colts. The loss of Welker could prove costly, but Denver is talented enough offensively to continue being a one of the best teams in the NFL in the first month of the season.