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Welker out 4 games for amphetamines use

– Wes Welker is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, according to published reports.

ESPN reported the violation had to do with amphetamines.

The Broncos didn’t immediately return a message from The Associated Press requesting comment Tuesday.

NFL Media reported Welker was notified Tuesday he had lost his appeal, which was heard two weeks ago.

Welker returned to practice Monday for the first time since suffering a concussion Aug. 23. It was his third concussion in 10 months. Welker caught a career-best 10 TD passes last year.

Texans lock in Watt with huge extension

J.J. Watt agreed to a six-year contract extension with Houston for a reported $100 million, including a $10 million signing bonus and $51.8 million in guaranteed money overall. He’s now signed through the 2021 season.

Watt, 25, was the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year after recording 20 1/2 sacks and batting down 16 passes. He has 74 tackles for loss, 36 1/2 sacks and 27 pass breakups since he joined the league as the 11th overall pick in 2011.

Cowboys see Sam on practice squad

Dallas will play host to Michael Sam at Valley Ranch today, according to sources.

The defensive end will take a physical, and the Cowboys expect to sign him to the practice squad if all goes well during his visit.

Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted when St. Louis selected him in the seventh round.

Also, former Dallas defensive tackle Josh Brent is being allowed to return to the NFL, though he won’t play right away.

The NFL says Brent will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season for his intoxication manslaughter conviction in the 2012 death of teammate Jerry Brown.

Brent retired last year and was sentenced to 180 days in jail after a trial this year.

Bears place receiver on injured reserve

The Bears placed receiver Marquess Wilson on injured reserve with a designation to return this season and signed cornerback Kelvin Hayden.

Wilson, who appeared in 10 games last season, broke his collarbone in training camp. He will miss the first eight weeks and will not be eligible to play until Nov. 9, when the Bears visit Green Bay after their bye.

Hayden was released by the Bears on Saturday. He missed last season because of a torn hamstring.

Around the league

After finishing training camp with no major setbacks, Seattle stayed in first place in the latest power rankings from the Associated Press. …

New York Jets safety Antonio Allen was medically cleared after suffering a concussion Aug. 22. … Kansas City signed veteran safety Kurt Coleman and placed linebacker Joe Mays on injured reserve with a designation to return. …

New Orleans re-signed placekicker Shayne Graham, who had been with the club since late last season and throughout training camp before being cut Saturday. … Former Seattle running back Spencer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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