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Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker is denying that his four-game suspension for breaking the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs was a result of his taking MDMA, which is also known as Ecstasy or Molly, at the Kentucky Derby earlier this year.

“I wouldn’t have any idea where to get a Molly or what a Molly is,” Welker said in an email to The Denver Post. “That’s a joke. I don’t do marijuana, I don’t do drugs. I don’t do any drugs.”

Welker tested positive for amphetamines from a sample taken shortly after he attended the Derby, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Pro Football Talk, citing a league source, reported that the two-time All-Pro took Molly that was laced with amphetamines. A source told the Post, meanwhile, that the positive test was for Adderall, which can be taken by NFL players but must be cleared by the league — and Welker didn’t have clearance to take it.

Welker, in the email to the Post, argued that the sample was tainted but said he does wonder whether someone put something in his drink at the Derby.

“I’m as shocked as everyone at today’s news,” Welker told the newspaper. “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.”

The 33-year-old veteran, who is entering his 11th season, also said he now knows the drug-policy procedures in the league are “clearly flawed,” according to his email to the Post, and that he will do everything in his power to ensure they are corrected.

Welker appealed the decision and was excused from practice Aug. 20-21 to attend his hearing, sources told ESPN Senior NFL Analyst Chris Mortensen.

The Broncos open the season Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts. Welker will be eligible to return to the active roster Oct. 6.

According to ESPN and multiple reports, the reigning AFC champion Broncos were “irate” at the timing of the NFL’s decision because it came Tuesday night, after they were done game-planning for the Colts. Typically, the league announces its suspensions earlier than that.

Sources told Schefter that the Broncos, who were aware of Welker’s positive test, still thought he would be available to play in the opener — pending his health — until the ruling came out.

Welker returned to the practice field Monday as he continues through the NFL’s concussion protocol. He would have to be symptom-free to take part in a full practice and then remain symptom-free after that and be cleared to play medically by an independent doctor. Welker suffered his third concussion since Nov. 17 during the Broncos’ Aug. 23 preseason game against the Texans.

His suspension is a huge blow to the Broncos’ receiving game. Only four wide receivers caught passes for Denver last season, and nearly 60 percent of those receptions will not be on the field for the Broncos in Week 1, as Eric Decker is now with the Jets and Welker is suspended.

“Tonight’s news regarding Wes is very disappointing for our team, but we understand the league’s authority in this area,” Broncos coach John Fox said in a statement released Tuesday. “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.”

Former New England Patriots teammate Tom Brady addressed the receiver’s suspension Wednesday.

“That’s Wes’s situation … as a friend you hope the best, but this isn’t friend time, it’s opponent time,” the quarterback said.

Brady also was at the Kentucky Derby in May. Asked if he saw Welker taking anything there, he laughed really hard and said, “No comment on that.”

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Yeah the Chiefs are 9-0 and they have a great defense but are they really that good???

Well we’ll find out tonight as they play the 8-1 Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning.

So far the Chiefs have only beat a lot of sub par teams but tonight will be the test to

see if their offense can put up some points.

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The defending Champs, the Baltimore Ravens travel to Denver to face Peyton

Manning and the Broncos to kick off the 2013-14 season.  The Ravens lost damn

near the whole defense along with WR Anquan Boldin after they showed Joe

Flacco the money so we’ll see how they play with the focus now being on their

offense after years of having a dominating defense…

The Broncos picked up another weapon for Peyton Manning in WR Wes Walker

and they also adding rookie RB Montee Ball from Wisconsin he has to show that

he can fill Willis McGahee’s shoes.  As Denver lost star LB Elvis Dumervil to the

Ravens and will be without their other star LB Von Miller to a six game suspension.

All in all this should be a great game between two of the top 5 AFC teams.

We’ll take the Denver Broncos 24-14

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker told Sports Illustrated that Bill Belichick was hard on him toward the end of his six-year run in New England, chiding him in front of teammates in a way the coach hadn’t done previously.

“It was just kind of hard,” Welker told the magazine in a story that appears in this week’s edition, “one of those deals where you have to endure him, put up with him. … But he does it to everybody. It’s the way he is.”

Welker’s tenure in New England was already marked by its messy conclusion during the offseason, when the free-agent receiver joined the Broncos in a surprise move that resulted in a public squabble between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Welker’s reps.

“There were only two places I was going to play [Denver and New England], in my mind,” Welker told SI.

“You always think you’re one of those players who will be in one place the whole time, one of those guys they’ll never let leave because you play hurt, do what it takes,” he said. “But it’s a different age. A lot of coaches, they like having younger guys. This game’s so tough on you, it’s all about, ‘How many more hits can you take?’ So they buy low, sell high. It’s a numbers game.”

Belichick disciplined Welker in early 2011, benching him for the first series of a playoff game against the New York Jets after the receiver made foot-related comments in a subtle dig at Jets coach Rex Ryan. Welker later said he regretted his comments.

Earlier this summer, Welker said he felt like he could be himself more with the Broncos than he did in New England, where Belichick instructs his players to say little to the media. Still, Welker acknowledged that even now in Denver he still thinks about his former coach when talking to reporters.

“When I’m answering questions from the Denver media, I’m not worried about what the Broncos’ people are going to think,” Welker told SI. “I’m worried about what Belichick will think. Isn’t that crazy?”

Welker was the most productive receiver in the NFL while with the Patriots, surpassing 110 receptions and 1,100 yards in five of his six seasons there.

He told SI he still is adjusting to the Peyton Manning-led offense with the Broncos.

“In New England, if the middle of the field was closed, I’d run a seam route,” he said. “It’s something I’ve been doing for six years now, so I have to teach my brain to do it the way he’s [Manning] expecting me to do it.”

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The Denver Broncos have made a major splash in free agency, agreeing to terms with

wide receiver Wes Welker on a two-year contract.

Welker’s deal is worth $12 million, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.

Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway tweeted the club’s

agreement with the former New England Patriot.

“Excited to have Wes join the Broncos. His production & toughness will be a great asset!”

Elway wrote.

The Patriots had been negotiating with Welker leading up to free agency, but the sides

could not find common ground on a deal. New England then began pursuing Rams free-

agent wide receiver Danny Amendola during the three-day negotiating window last week-

end.  The 31-year-old Welker played under the franchise tag and a $9.5 million salary for

the 2012 season and finished with a team-high 118 catches for 1,354 yards and six touch-

downs.  The team elected not to tag him this offseason. If they had, Welker would have

received an escalated salary of $11.4 million for the 2013 season.  Welker, the NFL’s pre-

mier slot receiver, has been a fan favorite in New England since he arrived via trade in

2007. His 672 receptions over six seasons (an average of 112 per season) since joining

the Patriots are the most in the NFL during that span. He became the first player in NFL

history with five 110-catch seasons.

Among Welker’s biggest supporters is quarterback Tom Brady, who helped the Patriots

clear $15 million in cap space over the next two seasons by restructuring his deal and

signing an extension.

Brady was willing to accept the deal, considered below market value because of the trust

that exists between the two-time Super Bowl MVP and the team. Brady felt that in giving

New England this cap flexibility, a source told ESPNBoston.com, he trusted the Patriots

would add the right players to finish his career with the best chance to win another champ-

ionship.

Just two days ago, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he hoped Welker would be “a Patriot

for life, just like Tom Brady.”

Welker had a team-high eight catches for 117 yards in New England’s 28-13 AFC Champion-

ship Game loss to the Baltimore Ravens.  Earlier in the day, Denver agreed to terms with

unrestricted free agent linebacker Stewart Bradley, who played last season for Arizona.

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