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Wes Welker suspension made official, begins Week One

Peyton Manning will officially be without his star slot receiver.

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Wes Welker will be suspended four games this year, but it took a long time for the NFL to formally announce it and inform the Broncos of it. had a story on it, but oddly, that wasn't a confirmation. It just cited another writer who cited "sources."

(In a related story, Mile High Report has suspended Tim Lynch for four days for being too funny, Bronco Mike reports, according to sources.)

The delay in the announcement caused confusion.  Earlier reports surmised that Welker's suspension may begin Week Two due to the late hour of the news Tuesday. But now the NFL has announced Welker's suspension, making it official, and clarifying that it will indeed start Week One.

The Broncos released the follow statement from 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."

So no Welker Week One vs. the Indianapolis Colts. Check out how the Broncos will handle Welker's absence right here.