Sunday, the Denver Broncos will kickoff their season against the Indianapolis Colts. But they will be without wide receiver Wes Welker.
Welker has been suspended for four games due to violating the NFL's drug policy, the league said Tuesday.
Below are statements released by the league and Broncos head coach John Fox.
STATEMENT BY AN NFL SPOKESPERSON
Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Welker will be eligible to return to the Broncos’ active roster on Monday, October 6 following the team’s October 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals.
[Note: The NFL policy on performance enhancing substances is posted on nflmedia.com. From the home page, click on “Resources” and then “About the NFL.”]
BRONCOS HEAD COACH JOHN FOX
“Tonight’s news regarding Wes is very disappointing for our team, but we understand the league’s authority in this area. While it’s unfortunate to not have him to start the year, I have full confidence in our wide receivers and expect that group to continue playing at a high level.
"I have no doubt that Wes will remain focused on his preparations for the season and stay in excellent shape during his time away from the team.”