|Wes Welker, 2 others reinstated under new NFL drug policy, no word on Brandon Browner, Brian Tyms||09.17.14 at 10:55 am ET|
Wes Welker can now begin getting ready for NFL action. Brian Tyms and Brandon Browner presumably must still wait.
Under terms of the new NFL/NFLPA drug policy, players who tested positive in the offseason for stimulants banned under the old PED policy will be reinstated. Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked Wednesday if he’s heard from the league on the possible impact the new agreement might have on Browner and Tyms.
“You have to talk to the league about that,” Belichick said. “We don’t know anything. It’s a very confidential policy and it’s really handled between the league and the players. Coaches are really out of it. I’m like Sergeant Schultz [from Hogan’s Heroes]. I don’t know anything.”
The joint announcement released Wednesday morning named only three players who qualify to return this week: Welker, Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick and Rams receiver Stedman Bailey.
This brings up the question of why Browner and Tyms, two Patriots with pre-existing four-game suspensions, must still serve their suspensions.
Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan also argued that his four-game suspension came from taking a banned stimulant.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that the league and players union have agreed to a higher threshold for a positive marijuana test and a two-game suspension upon conviction or plea agreement for driving under the influence.
HGH testing, according to the release, should begin by the end of the month and will be fully implemented this season. NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported Wednesday that union sources claim there should be approximately 20 players affected by retroactive enforcement of the new policy.
The names of all the players who are affected by the new policy won’t be made public, according to Breer. Some players who had entered into the early stages of the program will simply be moved back a step. Names are kept confidential in the early stages of the league’s drug program. Players on the first or second step of the marijuana policy could be moved back according to Breer.
|Adam Schefter on MFB: ‘I do not believe [Roger Goodell] saw that videotape’||09.12.14 at 12:53 pm ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB to discuss NFL news and the Patriots’ Week 2 game against the Vikings. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
Schefter reported Friday that the league and the players association are close on finalizing a new drug policy, and it could have a major affect on players currently under suspension, including standout wide receivers Josh Gordon and Wes Welker.
“Here’s the deal, basically: They’re going to vote this afternoon at some point, by early evening, on a new drug policy,” Schefter said. “The feeling is it’s going to pass. I think there’s a basic, tentative agreement. But each of the player reps will have to vote on it. And once that happens, they can coordinate the vote later today, they get the results, assuming it passes, there’ll be a new drug policy. And part of that agreement will be to have many of the suspensions under the performance-enhancing device policy, the PED policy and the substance-abuse policy, they will wind up being reduced or going away.
“So, everyone will be different, but a case like Wes Welker, I think he’ll be allowed to play. Now, it’s Friday, not in the game plan, tough to imagine he’s going to play this week, but maybe he does. A case like Josh Gordon, facing a yearlong suspension, my understanding is it’s going to be an eight-game suspension. So, there’ll be different circumstances in each player. We’ll have to find out how it affects each one.”
Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner is sitting out the first four games of the season, and Schefter isn’t sure how he’ll be affected.
“I think the violation may have occurred prior to the agreement, so I don’t know how he’s impacted,” Schefter said. “My guess — just a guess, and I haven’t asked anybody this — is that he won’t be impacted by it. But I don’t know it.”
|Poll: Does Tom Brady know more about Wes Welker’s alleged drug use?||09.04.14 at 11:08 am ET|
During his Wednesday press conference in Foxboro, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked about former teammate and close friend Wes Welker, who was suspended four games by the league for violating the league’s PED policy.
There have been reports that Welker took a recreational drug while attending the Kentucky Derby in May, and that’s what prompted the positive test. Welker, who has denied the accusation, was spotted spending time with Brady that day.
When asked Wednesday if he saw Welker take anything, Brady let out a big laugh and said, “I’ve got no comment on that, no.”
Do you think Tom Brady knows more about Wes Welker's alleged drug use?
- Yes, he has to be aware of what Welker was doing (50%, 199 Votes)
- No, just because they're friends doesn't mean Welker couldn't hide something from him (50%, 196 Votes)
Total Voters: 395
|Mike Petraglia, Chris Price on what to expect in Patriots 2014 season opener||09.03.14 at 5:15 pm ET|
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the 2014 season opener for the New England Patriots as they travel to South Florida on Sunday to take on the Miami Dolphins. Petraglia and Price talk about what head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady had to say about their 15th season in the NFL together and what it means for the Patriots’ chances of having another very successful season and getting the season off on the right foot.
FOXBORO — Even for the closest of friends, there’s a time to put friendship aside and take care of business.
That was the message from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady Wednesday at his press conference when he was asked about the four-game suspension of close friend Wes Welker for violation of the NFL drug policy.
“I don’t have a lot of thoughts or comments on that,” Brady said. “That’s Wes’ situation and their team. Obviously I have plenty to worry about with this week and this team. As a friend you always hope for the best, but it’s not friend time, it’s opponent time, and I’m focused on the Dolphins.”
Brady and Welker were spotted together in May at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky. It was at the Kentucky Derby where, according to Pro Football Talk, Welker took an illegal substance containing ecstasy and amphetamines and was later tagged positive by an NFL-mandated drug test.
Brady was asked Wednesday if he saw Welker taking any such substances.
“I have no comment on that,” Brady said with a heavy laugh.
|Wes Welker: ‘I would never knowingly take a substance to gain a competitive advantage’||09.02.14 at 11:05 pm ET|
Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker issued a statement Tuesday night regarding the news that he faces a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on PEDs.
“I’m as shocked as everyone at today’s news,” the former Patriot wrote in an e-mail to The Denver Post. “I want to make one thing abundantly clear: I would NEVER knowingly take a substance to gain a competitive advantage in any way. Anyone who has ever played a down with me, lifted a weight with me, even eaten a meal with me, knows that I focus purely on what I put in my body and on the hard work I put in year round to perform at the highest levels year-in and year-out. I want any youth football players and all sports fans to know, there are NO shortcuts to success, and nothing but hard work and studying, leads to success.”
Welker also commented on the NFL’s drug policy.
“I have never been concerned with the leagues performance enhancing or drug abuse policies because under no scenario would they ever apply to me, but I now know, that [the drug-policy procedures] are clearly flawed, and I will do everything in my power to ensure they are corrected, so other individuals and teams aren’t negatively affected so rashly like this. I have worked my whole life to be the best that I can be, and I have encountered many obstacles over my career, and THIS WILL BE NO DIFFERENT! Thank you for the outpouring of support, and I want Bronco nation to know, that no one and no thing will get in the way of our goal as a team, to bring Mr. Bowlen the trophy he and this great region deserve.”
In a related note, Welker’s suspension was made official Tuesday evening — the receiver will begin serving his ban this week when the Broncos open the regular season.
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Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s PED policy, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. According to Schefter, the violation was for amphetamines.
The 33-year-old Welker, in his second season in Denver, went through the appeal process two weeks ago, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network, and he was apparently notified Tuesday that he lost his appeal.
According to a report from Pro Football Talk, the ban under the PED policy happened because Welker ingested MDMA (also known as “Molly”) that had been cut with amphetamines while at the Kentucky Derby in May. Both substances are banned substance under the league’s PED policy.
Welker, who has struggled with concussions as of late, had 73 catches for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns last season with the Broncos.
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