Howard related via JD thinking she had a chance with Ashely Dupree when she was hanging with Wes -- Sorry for the goofy font. The news website is fighting me on selecting all and formatting Wes Welker suspended four games, reports say By Ben Volin | GLOBE STAFF SEPTEMBER 02, 2014 Receiver Wes Welker spent six seasons in New England from 2007-12. Wes Welker will have at least four more weeks to rest his head following his latest concussion scare last month. Welker, the former Patriots star now playing for the Broncos, has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, according to reports from ProFootballTalk. Welker took the drug, which is made with amphetamines that are flagged by the NFL, while attending the Kentucky Derby in May and tested positive shortly thereafter. Per the NFL Network, Welker appealed the suspension and lost. Welker’s suspension will start immediately and end well before the Broncos visit New England in Week 9. This is Welker’s first suspension in his 12-year NFL career, and it’s possible this was his first failed drug test. Per the NFL’s drug policy, as spelled out in the collective bargaining agreement, players earn an automatic four-game suspension for a first positive test for steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, including the amphetamines found in Welker’s system. A second positive results in an eight-game suspension, and a third positive is a year-long ban. Players not in the drug program are tested randomly just once per year between April and August. Once in the drug program, though, players are subject to up to 10 random tests per month, including the offseason.