It has been a difficult month for Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker. Important questions linger around Welker after he suffered his third concussion since November of 2013 in Week 3 of the preseason and now with his four-game suspension for using amphetamines.
One cannot deny the toughness that Welker has shown throughout his career. At his size Welker has no doubt overachieved as an NFL player. However, what is truly going on with Welker as of late?
Welker has been adamant that somebody spiked his drink which caused the positive test. Welker vowed to do everything to prove that he was not guilty of this offense. Welker even apologized to his teammates for the incident. That is quite a bit of talking for somebody who has suffered three major concussions in less than a year.
Things just do not make sense when one looks at this timeline. Apparently the team knew about the positive test prior to the concussion. Welker was making great progress towards a return and then came the suspension.
There is no doubt that something is going on with Welker. From his bizarre actions at the Kentucky Derby when Welker chose to hand out $100 bills instead of signing autographs to Peyton Manning calling Welker’s suspension “a self-inflicted wound” there is some type of issue going on with Welker.
The Broncos will be fine in the end. The team should begin the season 3-1 at the worst, and that is without Welker and Matt Prater. Emmanuel Sanders, Cody Latimer, Andre Caldwell and Jacob Tamme will combine to fill in for Welker.
As for Welker, he will no doubt come back from this to have a productive season health permitting. Hopefully for Welker he can avoid further concussions and clear up all of the details regarding his suspension. It will go along way for the Broncos and Welker personally.