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Welker had six catches on nine targets for 60 yards Sunday against the Seahawks.
Welker was making his season-debut after his four-game suspension was reduced following approval of the league's new drug policy. He didn't seem limited at all despite not playing yet this year, as he tied Demaryius Thomas for the second-most targets and was behind only Emmanuel Sanders in catches and yards. He'll try to catch up some more during the Week 4 bye before facing a tough Cardinals defense in Week 5.
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Welker was a full participant in practice this week and he will play Sunday against the Seahawks, ESPN.com reports.
Welker was originally suspended for the first four games of the season, but only missed two games after his ban was reduced following approval of the league's revised drug policy. He could be a bit limited given that he hasn't played since suffering a concussion in the team's third preseason game, but he is fully expected to start in the slot, giving quarterback Peyton Manning an important weapon against an elite defense.
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Welker (suspension) has received official notification of his reinstatement, according to the Denver Post.
With the NFL and the NFL Players Association having reached an agreement on a revised drug policy on Wednesday, Welker is among the players who will be reinstated by the league. The report adds that Welker is slated to join the Broncos for Wednesday's practice, which would put him on track to suit up Sunday against the Seahawks.
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Welker was reinstated from his suspension on Tuesday night, after the NFL officially revised its drug policy, ESPN.com's Ed Werder reports.
Welker will be eligible to return to practice immediately, and presumably, he'll be on the field for the Broncos for Sunday's Super Bowl rematch with the Seahawks. Though his lack of practice time over the last two weeks could be detrimental to his production in Week 3, it shouldn't take long for Welker to reestablish a rapport with Peyton Manning. In fact, the time off might have actually been beneficial for Welker, as it ended up giving him nearly a full month to recover from the third concussion he's sustained over the last calendar year.
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Welker is among the players on track to be reinstated, assuming the NFL's revised drug policy is approved, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
With that in mind, Schefter adds that the new policy seems likely to be approved in the next 24 hours. In that event, Welker would be a candidate to suit up against the Seahawks on Sunday.
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Welker (suspension) will not play Sunday against the Chiefs, according to the Denver Post.
With no formal agreement in place in advance of Saturday's deadline for 53-man rosters to be set for games played on Sunday, Welker's status is on hold for now, pending further movement toward the league implementing a revised drug policy that would result in the wideout's reinstatement.
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Though the NFL Players Association has voted in favor of a revised drug policy that would reportedly result in Welker's reinstatement, per ESPN.com, the agreement is not yet finalized, according to NFL.com.
While the deal hasn't been finalized, a statement released by the NFL Players Association suggested that things continue to move in that direction. "The Board of Player Representatives gave the NFLPA authority to complete new drug policies with the League consistent with detailed term sheets the players reviewed," according to the statement. "We hope to have final agreements, including effective date for players with adjusted discipline, very soon." Welker's potential availability for Sunday's game against the Chiefs thus remains unclear.
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With the NFL Players Association having voted to accept the NFL's revised drug policy, Welker is eligible to return from his suspension, according to ESPN.com.
Meanwhile, the Denver Post, notes that the wideout won't be officially cleared to play until the NFL finalizes the agreement, an outcome that is expected on Saturday. Moreover, while Welker could return to the field as soon as Sunday against the Chiefs, it's still possible that the wideout could be held out of the contest, given the considerable practice time he has missed of late.
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Welker could see his suspension cut short if the the NFL and NFL Players Association agree to a new drug policy on Friday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
The vote is far from guaranteed to pass, but if a resolution is reached, it sounds like Welker would be vindicated and able to suit up Sunday against the Chiefs. It sounds as if the agreement specifically addresses amphetamine use -- the classification of drug that Welker tested positive for this offseason. The Broncos made last-minute preparations to clear a spot on their 53-man roster in case Welker's suspension is lifted, suggesting that it's at least a possibility. Little is known about how close the two sides actually are to a deal, however, so don't rush the slot receiver into fantasy lineups just yet. Additionally, the tweet from Rapoport fails to mention how (if at all) the new policy would affect players such as Cleveland's Josh Gordon
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The release of wideout Nathan Palmer leaves the Broncos' active roster with 52 players, which would allow for a potential move in the event that Welker's suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs be reduced in the coming days, ESPN.com reports.
The Broncos are thus keeping their options open in the event that negotiations between the NFL and NFL Players Association yield a favorable outcome for Welker, who served the first game of his four-game suspension this past Sunday.