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Wes Welker has been suspended by the NFL for four games starting immediately following a failed drugs test. That much no one can contest.

Just what drug caused the failed test however remains in question following a number of conflicting reports. The Denver Broncos wide receiver meanwhile has himself come out with a strong denial of any wrongdoing on his part, insisting he has never taken any drugs - either recreational or performance-enhancing.

Conflicting reports

NFL reporter Ian Rapoport broke the news of Welker's suspension late Tuesday evening, revealing the Broncos star tested positive for amphetamines back in May.

The Denver Post followed the breaking news with their own report that it was adderall that has caused the positive test.

A subsequent report from Pro Football Talk however, citing a source close to the situation, then suggested Welker had taken 'Molly' (MDMA) cut with amphetamines during his recent trip to the Kentucky Derby.

A trip which is of course famous for Welker handing out $100 bills to passers by on his way out of the race course.

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Welker responds

But now Welker, in an email to The Post Wednesday, has come out with his own strong denial in the aftermath of the suspension:

I'm as shocked as everyone at todays news," said the former New England Patriot.

"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," continued Welker.

And as for the accusation of using 'Molly' (MDMA):

“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.”

Flawed policy

Welker, himself only just recovering from a concussion related injury, also vented his frustration at the NFL's current drug policy in light of the news that he is facing a spell on the sidelines until at least Week 5:

"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.

Welker has come out fighting following news of his failed test being made public, but there is little the Broncos star can now do after it became apparent that the player, and his franchise, had appealed the NFL's ruling two weeks ago only for the league to reject said appeal.

Broncos impact

As alluded to above, Wes Welker was a definite starter for the Broncos' opening game of the regular season against the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday after suffering his third concussion in the last 10 months two weeks ago.

There was no doubt that Welker would form an integral part of the Broncos offense in the early parts of the season however, and Peyton Manning and co will certainly be weakened by his absence until Week 5.

It is likely that Emmanuel Sanders will be the man to take up the slack at WR for the Broncos until then. As for Welker, he concluded his open letter by emphasising his commitment to the Denver season:

"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."

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