Denver Broncos' Wes Welker suspended for violating NFL's PED policy

Welker, one of the NFL's top receivers, reportedly tested positive in May

Denver Broncos star wide receiver Wes Welker has been suspended four games for allegedly violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, the team confirmed Tuesday.

Welker, the star slot receiver who was acquired by Denver from the New England Patriots, tested positive for amphetamines in May, according to reports.

"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. "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."

Welker appealed the suspension, which he lost Tuesday, according to reports.

An NFL official declined to comment on the matter. An attempt to reach the Broncos for additional comment was unsuccessful. 

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7:51 p.m.: The story has been updated with a statement from Denver Broncos Coach John Fox.

7:33 p.m.: The story has been updated with confirmation of the suspension from the Denver Broncos.

This post was originally published at 4:43 p.m.