Wes Welker may Return to the Broncos Within Hours


Aug 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) before a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 21-16. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Do the Denver Broncos know something we don’t?

Is receiver Wes Welker about to get reinstated?

For an off-day, there’s been an abnormal amount of roster moves. The Broncos waived receiver Nathan Palmer, released long snapper Kevin McDermott from the practice squad, signed tight end Dominique Jones and lost tight end Gerell Robinson to the Cleveland Browns. It’s the second player the Browns have poached off the Broncos practice squad with the other being tackle Winston Justice.

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The Broncos now sit at 52 players on their roster, one under the required 53. If Welker is set to come back, the open roster spot makes sense.

The signing of Jones is to replace Robinson.

But the Palmer move is the curious one that led to the question: Does Denver know something? Or are the Broncos just hopeful?

Meaning, is Welker about to see his suspension removed in time for him to play this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs?

The talk the last 24 hours has been the NFL and NFL Players Association could reach an agreement on a new drug policy as soon as today.

There is a conference call set for 7 p.m. MDT for all 32 player reps. The player rep for Denver right now is linebacker Von Miller.

Per NFL Media’s Albert Breer, the NFLPA contingency left New York this morning without a drug policy proposal from the NFL. If it does get one between now and the call at 7 p.m., Breer said if it’s an acceptable proposal the reps will vote on it after a discussion.

A lot can change in the next two hours, but it would appear that executive vice president/general manager John Elway is hopeful that Welker will become available to add to the roster on Sunday.

You can include coach John Fox, offensive coordinator Adam Gase and quarterback Peyton Manning in that as well.

Aug 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) lines up against Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane (20) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports