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Wes Welker Suspended Four Games For Amphetamines (And Maybe Molly, Too)

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Well, damn. According to Adam Schefter, the NFL will give Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Welker reportedly used amphetamines. (Update: Molly?)

Albert Breer adds that Welker appealed the suspension two weeks, and lost:

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Jay Glazer reports that the Broncos were aware of the suspension since before camp started.

Update: Mike Florio's source says Welker had taken molly cut with amphetamines at the Kentucky Derby in May.

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(Update 2: A lot of people are noting that MDMA is an amphetamine. True! But that would trigger the NFL's recreational drug policy, not its PED policy. So there is a different type of amphetamine in play here.)

Update 3: Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick claimed to have a similar situation last month when he was given a four-game suspension.

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Update 4: Welker sent a statement to the Denver Post, basically saying he did not take anything to gain a competitive edge. An excerpt:

I'm as shocked as everyone at todays news. 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.

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 (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.

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Welker was also handing out $100 bills to random people that day.

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