Last night Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was handed down a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.

ESPN reported that the violation had to do with amphetamines found in a sample taken shortly after Welker had attended the Kentucky Derby.  According to the report,  Welker was notified Tuesday he had lost his appeal, which was heard two weeks ago.

Welker spoke out against the suspension yesterday telling the Denver Post:

"I'm as shocked as everyone at todays news," Welker said in an e-mail to The Denver Post. "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.:

Welker caught 73 passes for 778 yards and a career-high 10 TDs despite missing the last 3 1/2 games of last season.

Here are some photos of Wes Welker's experience at this past year's Kentucky Derby.