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

Wes Welker. Videos and more below.
Wes Welker. Videos and more below.

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.

 

Number 21:

May 16, 2014 -- 4 games -- Robert Mathis -- LB -- Indianapolis Colts

Number 20:

May 30, 2014 -- Entire 2014 season -- Daryl Washington -- LB -- Arizona Cardinals

Number 19:

May 30, 2014 -- 6 games -- Will Hill -- SS -- New York Giants

Number 18:

June 4, 2014 -- 4 games -- Jayron Hosley -- CB -- New York Giants

Number 17:

July 3, 2014 -- 4 games -- Rokevious Watkins -- OT -- Kansas City Chiefs

Number 16:

July 3, 2014 -- 4 games -- Dion Jordan -- DE -- Miami Dolphins

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.

 

Number 15:

July 3, 2014 -- Entire 2014 season -- LaVon Brazill -- WR -- Indianapolis Colts

Number 14:

July 9, 2014 -- Indefinite -- Tanard Jackson -- FS -- Washington Redskins

Number 13:

July 11, 2014 -- 4 games -- Spencer Nealy -- DE -- Minnesota Vikings

Number 12:

July 23, 2014 -- 4 games -- Lane Johnson -- OT -- Philadelphia Eagles

Number 11:

July 30, 2014 -- 1 game -- Nigel Bradham -- LB -- Buffalo Bills

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.

 

Number 10:

July 30, 2014 -- 2 games -- Chris Lewis-Harris -- CB -- Cincinnati Bengals

Number 9:

August 8, 2014 -- 4 games -- Reshad Jones -- FS -- Miami Dolphins

Number 8:

August 11, 2014 -- 4 games -- Orlando Scandrick -- CB -- Dallas Cowboys

Number 7:

August 15, 2014 -- 1 game -- Dwayne Bowe -- WR -- Kansas City Chiefs

Number 6:

August 22, 2014 -- 4 games -- Donald Stephenson -- OL -- Kansas City Chiefs

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.

 

Number 5:

August 23, 2014 -- 4 games -- Matt Prater -- K -- Denver Broncos

Number 4:

August 27, 2014 -- Entire 2014 season -- Josh Gordon -- WR -- Cleveland Browns

Number 3:

August 29, 2014 -- 9 games -- Aldon Smith -- OLB -- San Francisco 49ers

Number 2:

August 29, 2014 -- 4 games -- Jakar Hamilton -- FS -- Dallas Cowboys

Number 1:

September 2, 2014 -- 4 games -- Wes Welker -- WR -- Denver Broncos

Continue to see the suspension breakdown for the past 25 years.

 

NFL substance policy suspensions by year

1989: 16

1990: 2

1991: 0

1992: 0

1993: 1

1994: 1

1995: 3

1996: 0

1997: 3

1998: 3

1999: 4

2000: 1

2001: 3

2002: 7

2003: 6

2004: 3

2005: 2

2006: 5

2007: 10

2008: 5

2009: 4

2010: 10

2011: 5

2012: 20

2013: 28

2014: 26...so far.

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