Wes Welker suspended four games for amphetamines
NFL.com’s Albert Breer says Welker’s positive tests occurred in May. A report from Pro Football Talk says the positive test was the result of Welker taking Molly at the Kentucky Derby. Molly is a drug that includes amphetamines. The drug is also commonly referred to as ecstasy.
The Broncos knew about the positive tests but were holding out hope on Welker’s appeal, which occurred two weeks ago. All parties were notified Tuesday that Welker lost his appeal.
Welker has been dealing with a concussion suffered in the preseason, but he had been cleared to return to practice this week and did not look like he would miss any games. From 2005-2012, Welker only missed three regular season games. He missed three last season for Denver and will be out at least four at some point this year.
Welker caught 73 passes for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns last year. The Broncos will rely on Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders even more during Welker’s absence.