Wes Welker WR DEN 10 Days2 Comments
The Washington Post suggests via a source that it is "possible" that Welker's recent suspension could be affected by a potential agreement between the NFL and its players' union to modify the league's drug policies.
Welker was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance. The Post report further suggests that such an agreement would likely need to be in place before Sunday's games in order for any modifications to Welker's suspension to be considered. We'll monitor the situation, but with all the variables in play here, a potential reduction in Welker's suspension would be a surprising outcome.
Wes Welker WR DEN 12 Days4 Comments
Welker, who will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances, will be eligible to return to the Broncos' active roster on Oct. 6, ESPN.com reports.
With the Broncos having a Week 4 bye, Welker's first game action won't come until Week 6, by which time he should be well past the concussion that had previously clouded his Week 1 availability. In the meantime, the Denver Post suggests that the Broncos are expected to fill the void created by Welker's absence with some combination of receivers Andre Caldwell and rookie Cody Latimer, as well as tight end Jacob Tamme, who can be used in the slot.
Wes Welker WR DEN 13 Days9 Comments
Despite a report from the Denver Post on Tuesday stating that the Broncos' are preparing as if Welker (suspension) will play Week 1, the suspension has been finalized and will take effect immediately, forcing Welker to miss the first four games of the season, NFL.com's Chris Wesseling reports.
The report from the Post's Mike Klis stated that the Broncos do not expect to be without Welker for the Week 1 matchup against Indianapolis, but as expected, there doesn't seem to be any validity to this stance by the team, as other reporters besides just Wesseling were quick to cite their own reports that shot down any notion that Welker would play Sunday. This is probably for the best, as Welker was still recovering from a concussion and should be able to return closer to full health following his suspension.
Wes Welker WR DEN 13 Days
Welker (suspension) has not been ruled out for Week 1, at least not by the Broncos, who are moving forward as if he will be able to play against the Colts, the Denver Post's Mike Klis reports.
It's not clear how much validity to place on this report, as the notion that a player could play in a game just days after receiving a four-game suspension from the league is pretty counter-intuitive. The thinking from the team's side is that suspensions are never announced this late in a the week, but considering Welker would still have to pass concussion protocol, it would make more sense to accept the four-game suspension while he may still not be 100 percent healthy. Either way, it's something to monitor throughout the week, but the prevailing logic points to Welker being an incredibly risky guy to bank on in fantasy for Week 1.
Wes Welker WR DEN 13 Days10 Comments
Welker (concussion) has been suspended four games for the use of amphetamines, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Welker participated in individual drills in Monday's practice and was working his way back from a preseason concussion. He'll now get a month to fully recover from the concussion.
Wes Welker WR DEN 14 Days4 Comments
Welker (concussion) participated in individual drills at Monday morning's practice, ESPN's Jeff Legwold reports.
Meanwhile, the Denver Post suggests that if all goes well, Welker -- who suffered a concussion back on Aug. 23 -- could be cleared to fully participate in practice by Wednesday or Thursday. Such a scenario would put the wideout on pace to play in the team's season opener Sunday night against the Colts.
Wes Welker WR DEN 16 Days
Welker (concussion) will increase his activity level in practice Monday as he continues to progress in the league's concussion protocol, ESPN reports. "One step at a time, still in the process, in (the) protocol. So, he'll be out running around Monday and continue through the protocol, take it one day at a time," said Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway.
Welker ran some routes in shorts and a T-shirt before Thursday's preseason game but did not play. He'll need to clear several benchmarks in the concussion protocal before he's cleared to play. We wouldn't rule him out for Week 1, but his status remains uncertain.
Wes Welker WR DEN 19 Days16 Comments
Welker (concussion) won't play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Cowboys, but he has been exercising and will travel with the Broncos to Dallas, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports.
Klis adds that Welker's progress has been encouraging, but considering that the wideout has suffered three concussions since Nov. 17 of last year, the Broncos will no doubt proceed cautiously here in advance of Week 1.
Wes Welker WR DEN 19 Days
Coach John Fox indicated that Welker (concussion) is "in the exercise mode right now," Broncos Vice President of Public Relation Patrick Smyth reports.
While it's a positive indicator that Welker has progressed to that stage, Fox adds that the wideout "won't be back out there until he's completely well." Given that Welker has suffered three concussions since Nov. 17 of last year, the Broncos will no doubt proceed with caution with the receiver, though previous reports have suggested that there is some optimism with regard to Welker's possible Week 1 availability.
Wes Welker WR DEN 20 Days
Coach John Fox suggested that Welker is doing "fantastic" as he goes through the NFL's concussion protocol, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Of course, given that Welker has suffered three concussions since Nov. 17 of last year, we'd expect the Broncos to proceed with caution with the wideout. With that in mind, the Denver Post suggests that Welker, who did not practice Monday, will probably be out the rest of this week. The reports adds that there is hope within the Broncos' organization that Welker will pass his concussion tests and be cleared in advance of the team's Sept. 7 season opener, but such an outcome certainly precludes any setbacks.