Denver Broncos star slot receiver Wes Welker has been suspended for four games after violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, as he tested positive for amphetamines, per a report earlier today from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Per a source close to Pro Football Talk, Welker took “Molly” while at the Kentucky Derby that was cut with amphetamines, and PFT notes that this is the same case as Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick.
Even though Welker has been suspended for four games, it looks like the Broncos don’t think that the suspension will take place immediately. According to ace beat writer Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos are preparing like Welker will play in their big Week 1 tilt against the odds-on AFC South favorite Indianapolis Colts.
Klis reports that the Broncos “believe” he will be out there, because the league generally doesn’t announce suspensions this late in the week, as it wouldn’t give them enough time to prepare. They haven’t changed their game plan, so it will be interesting to see if the Broncos end up getting their wish. If not, they will need to change things up, and it would mean a steady dose of Cody Latimer with Emmanuel Sanders kicking inside and Julius Thomas potentially making more plays than usual.