The Denver Broncos were hoping that wide receiver Wes Welker would be back and cleared to play for their Sunday night opener against the Indianapolis Colts, but that won’t be happening. It won’t be a concussion that keeps Welker out of the game, it will be a positive drug test that violated the league’s PED policy.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL has suspended Welker four games for a positive drug test that showed the receiver was using amphetamines.
The suspension will come as a blow to not only fantasy owners but to Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense. While Welker wasn’t Manning’s top choice in 2013, he was a major cog in the offense and not having him for the first four games of the season could be brutal.
Filed to ESPN: Broncos WR Wes Welker has been suspended four games for use of amphetamines, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2014
This will give other receivers on the roster like Emmanuel Sanders and others a chance to step up and earn an increased role with the team. For Welker, this is yet another setback in a career that has begun to spiral downward first thanks to concussions and now due to this suspension for amphetamine use.
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