Wes Welker WR DEN 24 Days
Welker (back) will not return to Sunday's game against the Patriots.
Welker was forced out of Sunday's game after absorbing a blow to his lower back. Prior to his exit from the contest, Welker caught three passes for 31 yards on seven targets.
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Welker caught 2-of-2 targets for five yards in Thursday's 35-21 win over the Chargers
Welker is still getting plenty of run in three-wide formations, but Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas and (to a less extent) Julius Thomas have been hogging all of the targets. Welker had 13 receptions and 18 targets through two games, but he has just six receptions and six targets over the last three contests. While he should see a bit more work in coming weeks, it increasingly appears that his targets will be much harder to come by than they were last season.
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Welker caught all three of his targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-17 win over the 49ers.
Welker scored a rare (for him) long touchdown from 38 yards out on the record-tying 508th passing score of Peyton Manning's storied career. The future Hall of Famer attempted just 26 passes on the night, and the targets were dominated by Demaryius Thomas (nine) and TE Julius Thomas (six). Welker still has a key role in an elite offense, but it's a bit concerning for owners that he has just four receptions on four targets over the last two games, after recording 13 receptions on 18 targets through his first two appearances of the season.
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Welker caught the only ball thrown his way for eight yards Sunday against the Jets.
The Jets did a fairly good job of putting pressure on quarterback Peyton Manning, and with the QB throwing 29 of his 33 passes to Demaryius Thomas (12), Julius Thomas (six), Emmanuel Sanders (six) and Ronnie Hillman (five), there just wasn't much left for Welker. After missing the first two games of the season due to a suspension for violating the league's drug policy, Welker has yet to eclipse 60 receiving yards in a game, nor has he scored a touchdown, a considerable drop after scoring a career-high 10 last season in 13 games. He'll look to finally get into the end zone in Week 7 against the 49ers.
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Welker had seven catches on nine targets for 58 yards Sunday against the Cardinals, breaking Rod Smith's record for the most catches in NFL history by an undrafted player, according to the Associated Press.
Welker now had 854 career receptions, putting him five ahead of Smith. After missing the first two games of the season for using amphetamines, Welker has been targeted 18 times in the last two games, though he has yet to score a touchdown, something he did 10 times last season. Nevertheless, he remains a very important piece of the Broncos' passing attack, one that could do some serious damage in Week 6 against the Jets, who have struggled defending the pass this season.
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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.
Wes Welker WR DEN 2 Months
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.