Wes "Amphetamines" Welker Among 26 Players Setting New NFL Substance Abuse Mark

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Looks like Broncos receiver Wes Welker will have more time to recover from his latest concussion; he's been suspended for four games after reportedly testing positive for amphetamines.

Welker's not alone. He's the second Bronco so far this year to violate the NFL's substance abuse policy (kicker Matt Prater was booted for beer) and the 26th player overall, putting 2014 on the brink of becoming the most substance-suspension-heavy year in the past quarter-century for the league with more than three months to go.

Continue to see the video-enhanced list of all 26 NFL players suspended since January 1, along with the amount of punishment they received. That's followed by a breakdown of suspensions per year since 1989, which graphically demonstrates that the league's War on Drugs -- be they performance enhancing or recreational -- is ramping up, not winding down.

See also: Broncos Kicker Matt Prater: Shotgun Willie's DUI + Two Beers = Four Game Suspension

Number 26:

February 19, 2014 -- Indefinite -- Fred Davis -- TE -- Washington Redskins

Number 25:

April 4, 2014 -- 4 games -- Jake Knott -- LB -- Philadelphia Eagles

Number 24:

April 8, 2014 -- 4 games -- Brandon Moore -- DE -- Washington Redskins

Number 23:

May 2, 2014 -- 4 games -- Frank Alexander -- DE -- Carolina Panthers

Number 22:

May 12, 2014 -- 4 games -- Stedman Bailey -- WR -- St. Louis Rams

Continue to learn about more players punished for violating the NFL's substance policies -- and to see the suspension breakdown for the past 25 years.



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Daniel Shalik
Daniel Shalik

Stop hating on the Broncos - what is wrong with you libtards?

Stephen Felt
Stephen Felt

So dumb, pro sports is nothing more than entertainment and the fans deserve the best entertainment possible. Legalize all PED's so the athletes are the best performers possible. They're making millions so if steroids shortens their lifespan that's just the cost of doing business and their choice.

Tim Sparhawk
Tim Sparhawk

Did you have to choose a picture that makes him look like a junkie?

Dollie Hendrix
Dollie Hendrix

It was just adderrall and rumor has it, his suspension might be reversed.

Mike Carr
Mike Carr

It's just Adderall... Calm the f**k down

Timothy Hoffman
Timothy Hoffman

Drivers are athletes, many people get the experience to play a sport. Few actually get the chance to drive a race car in full out racing conditions. Racing takes coordination, practice, training, and endurance just like any sport, it's just as physically demanding if not more. Driving over 100mph in any direction takes a lot of skill. A no tolerance policy would be fair in "stick and ball" sports, there's clearly a large pool of clean players to replace those who don't take the responsibility of playing a professional sport seriously.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Do they do frequent, random, YEAR ROUND steroid/HGH testing?

Rob Strong Paw Ruby
Rob Strong Paw Ruby

I'm still just laughing at the part where you called NASCAR drivers "athletes". Lololol

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

My stereotype of NASCAR was in reply to your stereotype of 'ball and stick' players. You can't point out the policy and ignore a) the sheer number difference of players in respective sports, and b) the culture differences in each respective sports, as the market has not demanded a squeaky clean nfl. You also painted a pretty picture of NASCAR drivers as choir boys, which isn't true. Your logic would lead us to believe that the war on drugs is successful, which it isn't. If you insult a parent's parenting ability, be prepared to get eviscerated verbally. That how it works. Also, your grammar kind of slams home my assertions of your lack of intelligence, especially since you took time to edit it and still failed. You've failed again and again, good day sir.

Devin DeSimone
Devin DeSimone

My reply was based on your assertion that racers are out to kill each other on the track, which is not a fact but more of an uninformed opinion based on half a news story you read or heard about the accident involving Tony Stewart. And your willingness to jump on the stereotype wagon while in the same breath priding yourself as a role model to your kids. The behavior's you've exhibited here are the types of things that kids see and want to emulate, because your their Dad! Can't anybody have an opinion anymore without someone throwing insults and stereotypes their way? Have some class! The point and FACT is NASCAR's policy works, NFL's doesn't!

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

I do watch sports in select situations, like dvr after the girl's bed time, and skip commercials because it's 2014. And I read articles occasionally. You presented many 'facts' along with opinions, which I've pointed out as incorrect. Again your cognition and grammar are amazing!

Devin DeSimone
Devin DeSimone

So you don't watch sports and keep the TV off for the sake of your kids, good for you, Secondly, why are you here then? Commenting and insulting when you don't even watch the sport to begin with? So to sum it up, you have very little exposure to NFL and NO exposure to NASCAR, so you're just here looking for a fight? Which in turn invalidates your stance on the state any sport..... PS- Look up the definition of "opinion" Opinions are neither correct nor incorrect. That's why they call them opinions.

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

Devin, it's obvious you are a little slow. How is it not insulting to say "I hope you're not a parent"? And you stated your opinions about Nascar as facts- when your opinions are incorrect, numbers-wise. And yes, they emulate what they see- and they see a hard-working father who keeps the television turned off and reads to them every night, so they can avoid the horrific grammar and lack of cognition you just demonstrated.

Virginia Lee
Virginia Lee

As I stated last yr., Welker is a liability risk that just isn't worth the gamble. If the Broncos claim to be a close family, they would sit this guy down: retire or move to another team...

Devin DeSimone
Devin DeSimone

I have not insulted you, just voiced my opinion. Pure ignorance on your part has taken you to that place. Sorry for your lack of tolerance for others opinions. By your insults I can see how "good" of a parent you truly are. Leading those young ones by y example! If you knew anything about kids, you'd know they emulate what they see, weather they see it from you or an athlete. You pride yourself as your children's role model, and more power to you, but maybe you should start acting like one! It's a conversation about sports and you have resorted to 10yr old name calling because we see thing differently, not wrong just different.....

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

Actually soccer topples all sports worldwide, and the tv ratings for nfl dominate NASCAR. You do some homework, Cletus. And I'm a damn good parent. Ps I barely watch the nfl or any other sport. Again I am the role model not some athlete or driver. Obviously you like NASCAR but your bias and inbreeding have clouded your judgement.

Devin DeSimone
Devin DeSimone

And NFL players kill each other off the field! Speaking of role models, I hope you're not a parent! Okay, so there is a Budweiser sponsorship in NASCAR, on the track. They have removed ALL hard alcohol and cigarette sponsors from the sport. Do you not watch the commercials when the NFL game is on? Nothing but alcohol endorsements! The NFL players endorse domestic violence, drug use on and off the field by using their fame as a way to get away with committing a crime. So last NASCAR off season 1 crew member got busted by burning a dirty test, 1... So what are we up to now in the NFL, last I heard it's 26 players, coaches and owners who have been suspended, most with pay. And NASCAR IS the biggest spectator sport in the world, Do your homework!

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

And NASCAR has a loooong way to go before it topples the NFL in popularity. Preseason games rate better than NASCAR. Sorry for your loss!!!

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

Yeah they just kill each other on the race track and endorse alcohol. Fact is, parents are role models. Athletes are athletes. Stop looking up to them.

Devin DeSimone
Devin DeSimone

What's barbaric is the out of control problem that stick and ball sports have with doping! NASCAR drivers live a clean lifestyle and see the value of not doping for the greater good of the sport, it's fellow drivers and the FANS. There is a reason NASCAR is surpassing all other sports in popularity. Drivers don't dope, they don't beat their wives and they don't include themselves in thuggish behavior. They have class, like stick and ball sports used to. NASCAR drivers are athletes that kids can look up to! For the record, More intelligence and forward thinking goes into setting up a race car for a track goes into running a play. And I can only assume your insult is a reflection of your ignorance to things you don't understand. Sorry for your loss!!!

Devin DeSimone
Devin DeSimone

Forget all the crap about the policy's and procedures being too strict, or flawed. These guys make a lot of money and the fans deserve better that this! NFL needs to institute NASCAR's drug policy..... ZERO TOLERANCE! If you fail, you're OUT until you complete their "Road to recovery program" No pay, No play until you complete. In NASCAR you even get released from the the team you're on and once you have completed the program you have to sell yourself to gain trust and a job on another team!!! ZERO TOLERANCE!!!

xyzabc
xyzabc

Welcome to the 21st Century.  Instant Information age, the ability to detect substances at the level equivalent to dumping a cup of coffee into an olympic size swimming pool, cheating, selfishness, greed, entitlement, and generally ALL ABOUT ME, ME, ME, ME...........

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Compared to golfers they are, though neither can keep up with the chess athletes. 

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