Aug 17, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) makes a catch in front of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Jimmie Ward (25) in the first quarter at Levi
Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been in limbo for at least a week, and will remain so until the league and NFLPA can come to an agreement on a new deal that will change the league’s current drug policy.
The changes will allow Welker to be immediately reinstated and his four-game suspension cut down to two games. There was a report on Friday that Welker had been reinstated along with a new drug policy being implemented, but those reports were apparently premature.
I do believe, unlike some people were saying, that Welker would have played if the drug policy had been agreed upon in time. The Broncos don’t really need him to spend all week practicing since he probably knows the offense inside and out, and he’s been in Denver anyway communicating with Peyton Manning all week.
That said, it’s all null and void because Welker wasn’t reinstated in time to play this week, so the Broncos’ best hope is that he plays in week three against the Seahawks. That’s good news, because they’ll need all hands on deck and don’t want any injury or suspension distractions preventing them from getting another shot at a Seattle team that Denver might actually be rooting for this week in a matchup against the San Diego Chargers.
I’m glad this Welker saga is finally nearing its end. It was an unfortunate situation to begin with, and even though Welker has been medically cleared to play, it will likely serve him well to spend the extra time having been able to recover from a concussion he suffered in the preseason.
With an empty roster spot already, the Broncos are ready to make the move to welcome back Wes whenever the league gives them the go-ahead. Hopefully, that’s sooner rather than later and the Broncos can put Welker back in the gameplan. They won’t have him against the Chiefs, but they will probably have him for their rematch with the Super Bowl champs.