Broncos WR Welker suspended for 4 games (Yahoo Sports)

Latest NFL News: Broncos WR Welker suspended for 4 games (Yahoo Sports)

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker and Virgil Green, left rear, watch play from the sideline against the Dallas Cowboys in the second half of a NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 28. 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Denver Broncos will be without Wes Welker for the first four games of the season after the NFL said the receiver violated the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. News of Welker’s ban didn’t come down until late Tuesday, after the league offices had closed and the Broncos had already finished drawing up blueprints for their opener against Indianapolis, undoubtedly with Welker playing a prominent role. ESPN first reported Welker’s suspension, saying the violation had to do with amphetamines. Welker told the Denver Post in an email that he was ”as shocked as everyone at today’s news.” He noted he’s meticulous about what he puts in his body and would ”never knowingly take a substance to gain a competitive advantage in any way.” The 11th-year pro who’s been the NFL’s top slot receiver over the last decade added that he never concerned himself with the league’s drug rules but now realizes those policies ”are clearly flawed.” While it takes multiple violations of the league’s substance-abuse policies to trigger a suspension, a four-game ban is issued for a single violation of the NFL’s ban on performance-enhancing substances.

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Reports: Broncos WR Welker suspended for 4 games (Yahoo Sports)

Latest NFL News: Reports: Broncos WR Welker suspended for 4 games (Yahoo Sports)

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker and Virgil Green, left rear, watch play from the sideline against the Dallas Cowboys in the second half of a NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 28. 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Wes Welker is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, according to published reports.

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Watt inks 6-year deal with Texans (Yahoo Sports)

Latest NFL News: Watt inks 6-year deal with Texans (Yahoo Sports)

Houston Texans' J.J. Watt (99) before an NFL football preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

J.J. Watt couldn’t sleep on Monday night after agreeing to a six-year contract extension with the Houston Texans. A cleaning lady let him in and Watt went straight to the weight room. ”I thought they were pulling a joke on me,” Watt said Tuesday.

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NFL suspends Irsay 6 games, fines him $500,000 (Yahoo Sports)

Latest NFL News: NFL suspends Irsay 6 games, fines him $500,000 (Yahoo Sports)

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay enters Hamilton County court in Noblesville, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Irsay is scheduled to appear in court for a change-of-plea hearing on drug-related charges he faces from a traffic stop in March. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The NFL suspended Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard on the Indianapolis Colts owner Tuesday just hours after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from an embarrassing March traffic stop. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Irsay is barred from team facilities, practices and games and cannot represent the Colts at NFL meetings or events. ”I have stated on numerous occasions that owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players,” Goodell told Irsay in a letter released by the NFL. ”We discussed this during our meeting and you expressed your support for that view, volunteering that owners should be held to the highest standard.” The 55-year-old Irsay pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated and acknowledged during his appearance before a Hamilton County judge that he was under the influence of the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he was arrested March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.

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Belichick says he'll make call on Gronk return (Yahoo Sports)

Latest NFL News: Belichick says he'll make call on Gronk return (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - This Sept. 4, 2013, file photo shows New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski smiling as he talks to the media at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, and announced he will be playing in the New Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

One day after New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski pronounced himself ready to return, Bill Belichick reminded him it will be the coach’s decision. ”With all due respect to Rob, I’m glad he feels the way he does,” Belichick said during a conference call Tuesday. So it was surprising when Gronkowski told reporters Monday he was ”super excited” to be returning this week – before Belichick said anything of the sort. ”It just feels good in my mind to know that I’ll be out there with my boys, working hard, grinding with them, being out there.” Gronkowski said he was just getting it out of the way because he figured he’d be asked about it all week.

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