For the opener, the Colts knew in May that they’d likely be without one of their star defensive players, OLB Robert Mathis, because of the use of performance enhancing drugs. For the use of a fertility drug, Mathis was suspended the first 4 games of the regular season.
Today, the Denver Broncos were given similar news, only this time it involved a certain star slot receiver, Wes Welker. The NFL announced this afternoon that Welker will be suspended the first 4 games of the regular season for the use of performance enhancing drugs, namely amphetamines. The 33-year old receiver appealed 2 weeks ago to no avail, and his punishment was handed down today.
It evens things out a bit in the football universe, as both players are of tremendous importance to their teams. Mathis was a monster and had 5 tackles, 2 sacks, and 4 QB hits in last year’s Week 7 regular season matchup, while Welker burned the Colts’ secondary for 7 receptions and 96 yards. Consequently, next weekend’s game will lose a bit of its luster, even though it should still be one heck of a football game all things considered on Sunday Night.
Afterall, it’s still the future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning vs. his old team. It’s still the young phenom QB Andrew Luck going against his world-class predecessor.