Give it a rest, Wes

Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, here's the latest explanation from the Wes Welker camp regarding his four-game ban, via Mike Klis:

Welker wasn't sure what exactly flagged his positive test but he was incensed at a report he took a Molly at the Kentucky Derby. He does wonder if someone put something in his drink at the Derby.

“I wouldn't have any idea where to get a Molly or what a Molly is,” he said. “That's a joke. I don't do marijuana, I don't do drugs. I don't do any drugs.”

Welker's suspension is supposed to begin Wednesday, although given the timing of the report, he said he hopes to visit the locker room and apologize to his teammates.

When Wes "apologizes," we have to wonder whether he'll continue to shift the blame and make up lame excuses. Because, really, that would disqualify it as an apology.

Let's just hope Welker doesn't insult his teammates' intelligence, as well.

Wes Welker

Jeff Legwold says the Broncos kept Isaiah Burse on the 53-man roster and put two wideouts on the PS in part because they knew Welker might face a suspension.

Andrew Mason and Andrew Garda consider the fallout of Welker's suspension.

Garda and Cecil Lammey expect Cody Latimer to be the primary beneficiary of Wes's ban.

Mark Kiszla discusses the Broncos' frustrating pattern of drug issues.

Jason Concepcion takes us back to Welker's day at the Derby.

Broncos

Brandon McManus won't blame nerves for his two FG misses at Dallas.

Emmanuel Sanders and his high school coach recall his Texas upbringing.

The PFF guys are unanimous in predicting a fourth straight AFCW title for Denver.

Colts

Troubled owner Jim Irsay was suspended six games and fined $500K for his OWI arrest.

Indy placed tackle Xavier Nixon on short-term IR and added lineman Jamon Meredith.

Colts defenders are well aware that they're not going to shut down Peyton Manning & Co.

News

Kevin Vickerson took a physical for Cincy on Tuesday, but they're reportedly not interested in signing him until they can avoid guaranteeing his salary.

The family of the late Junior Seau have decided to opt out of the league's concussion settlement.

RG3 says his fallout with Mike Shanahan was heartbreaking.

Transactions

The NFL has suspended Josh Brent 10 games over his intoxication manslaughter conviction. Compare this to the Josh Gordon one-year suspension...

New Orleans brought back kicker Shayne Graham; former longtime Chiefs lineman Brian Waters is retiring.

Players placed on short-term IR: LB Joe Mays (KC); WR Marquess Wilson (Chicago); LB Kyle Van Noy (Detroit); RB Charlie Sims (Tampa Bay).

Practice squad signings: DE Michael Sam (Dallas, pending a physical); WR Stephen Hill (Carolina).

Analysis/Predictions

Team previews: New England, San Francisco (PFF); AFCN teams (538); Washington (Drew Magary).

The Broncos are the SI staff's consensus pick to win SB 49. Obviously, this would have been different if they'd included Greg Bedard.

Bill Barnwell lists eight teams he expects to fall off in 2014, including KC, San Diego, and Indy.

Mike Freeman is taking Seattle over San Diego for his SB prediction.

KSK meme-ifies preseason Week 4.

Maths

Brian Burke's data suggests that among all NFL teams, the Broncos have the best chance of winning their division.

Over at FP, a guest poster from Colorado introduces a new metric called Marginal YAC.

Jack Bechta explains how injury settlements come about.

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