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article imageDenver Broncos Welker suspended for using amphetamine

By Robert Weller     Sep 3, 2014 in Sports
Denver - The Denver Broncos’ cruise to a Super Bowl rematch with Seattle is no longer guaranteed. Wes Welker, a go-to-receiver if there ever was one, has been suspended for four weeks for using a performance enhancing drug.
Based on his history of concussons the question of whether he should retire now or risk a permanent injury is being asked.
The former Patriot, who had served the same role for Tom Brady until the team didn’t want to pay him enough, already was a question mark because of repeated concussions.
He did not play in the last exhibition game because of a concussion. Welker was caught using Adderall.
Some reports said he was using "Molly," cut with Adderal. It is called "Mandy" in Britain, where it also has been cut with MDMA. Ecstasy is a form.
This is the third season in a row the Broncos' season began breaking bad because of a suspension. Last year it was linebacker Von Miller.
And this season the Broncos already lost kicker Matt Prater for four games for use of alcohol after being punished for a DUI offense.
Denver's kicker faces a four-week suspension for being drunk after getting a drunk driving ticket last year. The Mile HIgh City doesn't know whether to laugh or cry. Tweeter and Facebook are full of imagined texts between Peyton Manning and Welker in which Manning tells Welker that his former quarterback got him "roofed" to hurt the Broncos. Welker and Brady attended the Kentucky Derby together.
Sports have reportedly been shown to be corrupt, with money more important than ethics. Lance Armstrong got away with it for years with the media seemingly watching him closely.
The Broncos, although ranked No. 2 in Power Rankings, have a tough test this weekend when they host the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts have their own problem. Colts owner Jim Irsay was suspended for six games on Tuesday and fined him $500,000 for violating the league’s personal conduct policy when he was arrested on the suspicion of being intoxicated. He pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.
Broncos Coach John Fox tried to put a positive spin on it.
"Had he been able to practice today, I think he would have been cleared to practice, but that doesn't necessarily mean cleared for the games," Fox said. "Sometimes these things are blessings in disguise. Those extra four weeks will give him plenty of time to heal."
Welker suggested to the Denver Post that the drug finding was a mistake, and an indication that league policies are not infallible.
Welker sent an email to the Post: "I'm as shocked as everyone at todays news. I want to make one thing abundantly clear: I would NEVER knowingly take a substance to gain a competitive advantage in any way. … I have never been concerned with the leagues performance enhancing or drug abuse policies because under no scenario would they ever apply to me, but I now know, that (drug-policy procedures) are clearly flawed, and I will do everything in my power to ensure they are corrected, so other individuals and teams aren't negatively affected so rashly like this.”
Welker learned of the finding that he had used an amphetamine two weeks ago and appealed, but the league upheld the finding.
Although the team’s players said they were strongly supported Welker and expected him to return strongly, no one protested the suspension.
Quarterback Peyton Manning said: “Losing Wes is a self-inflicted wound. It's different than an injury, but I still put it in the adversity category.”
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