Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was suspended for the first four games of the NFL season on Tuesday. CBSsportsline.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora confirmed details of the suspension. Like so many players this summer, Welker was suspended for violating the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy.
Wes Welker returned to practice this week after sustaining a concussion during a preseason game against the Houston Texans. The four game suspension will actually give Welker another six weeks before he plays against any real competition.
According to Fox Sports, the Broncos were well aware of Wes Welker’s possible drug suspension prior to the start of training camp. However, they were hoping that Welker would win his appeal with the league. Instead, Welker won’t be seen in the Broncos uniform until October.
The report states that Welker failed a drug test after having too much fun at the Kentucky Derby. According to NFL.com Welker was dabbling with ecstasy laced with Amphetamines. Maybe that’s why Wes Welker was more than willing to part ways with $100 bills as he was leaving Churchill Downs.
Sportsline.com states that his suspension may not be the worst news for Wes Welker at this time. They note that he’s suffered his third concussion in 10-months, but he just had a complete off season before getting his latest head injury. Therefore, it’s not a guarantee that more time off will give Welker a better chance at avoiding a concussion.
Last week, Peyton Manning was fined for defending Welker after he was knocked out of the game. Now he’ll be without one of his favorite targets to start their Super Bowl aspiring campaign.
The first three teams on Denver’s schedule are all playoff teams from last year. Welker will miss the games against, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Seattle before a bye week. Then the Broncos face off with Arizona, another 10 win team. Wes Welker’s first game will be on the road in New York against the Jets.