Current Bronco and former New England Patriot Wes Welker has been suspended for four games, according to the NFL Networks “Total Access”, for violating the NFL policy on Performance Enhancing substances. The substance was reportedly amphetamines. (He claims it was from Molly that was cut with amphetamines without his knowledge, at the Kentucky Derby. Molly is a pure form of MDMA (ecstasy), usually a free powder or in capsules)
Welker, who moved from Tom Brady’s security blanket to Peyton Manning’s in 2013, has reportedly already appealed the suspension, and lost. The Broncos where aware of the pending suspension, but did not release news until they heard the result of the appeal.
The Broncos have a tough early schedule, facing the Colts, Chiefs, Seahawks and Cardinals in their first 4 games. (with a bye week 4) Only the Seahawks is an away game, but that may be the toughest match up off all.
The Broncos still have weapons, with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders at Wide Receiver, and Julius Thomas at tight end. Stilll, Welker leads the NFL over the last four years in total reception, and replacing the “Slot Machine” on the fly will definitely impact Denver in what is expected to be a tight race for seeding with New England. An extra dropped game could resonate at the end of the Season in regards to who gets the top seed or not.
In other suspension news, Jim Irsay, the owner of the Colts was suspended for six games and fined $500,000 for an earlier DUI conviction.