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Draft Scout Wes Welker News
09/18/14 - WR Wes Welker isn't counting against the roster after being reinstated from reserve/suspended Wednesday. Welker was granted a roster exemption that expires Friday.
09/17/14 - WR Wes Welker's four-game suspension was lifted after the NFL finalized the revisions to the drug-testing policy, leaving the Broncos none the worse for the wear after being without their top slot receiver for the first two games.
If anything, the suspension was a blessing in disguise for both parties. The Broncos got to work on their power game, emphasizing two-tight end formations, which they used on 79 of 115 snaps in Weeks 1 and 2. Welker got to rest and recuperate from the concussion he suffered Aug. 23, which was his third in 10 months.
"Yeah, maybe a little bit," Welker admitted. "You always hate to miss any time at all, but especially with head injuries and things like that, every week and every day is good for it."
Welker was cleared through the NFL's post-concussion during the past week, and practiced with no limitations Wednesday. He worked out and stayed in the Denver area during the two weeks he missed, waiting out the possibility that his return could be hastened.
09/15/14 - WR Wes Welker is expected to return once the details on the NFL's revised drug-testing policy are finalized. Welker's positive test for amphetamines in the offseason will transfer to the league's substance-abuse program, and since it's his first offense, will result in no suspension, but placement in Stage 1 of the league's substance-abuse testing protocol.
09/03/14 - WR Wes Welker began serving a four-game suspension for a violation of the league's PED policy Wednesday. Welker was allowed a brief visit to Broncos headquarters, where he addressed the team. "He was a little disappointed," said safety Rahim Moore.
09/02/14 - WR Wes Welker has been suspended four games for using performance-enhancing drugs, specifically amphetamines.
Welker reportedly tested positive in May and appealed the decision. Participants were notified Tuesday that his appeal was denied.
"Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances," the NFL said in a statement Tuesday. "Welker will be eligible to return to the Broncos' active roster on Monday, October 6 following the team's October 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals."
Welker, who suffered his third concussion since Nov. 17 this preseason, just returned to practice Monday, although he hasn't yet been cleared for contact. He is a free agent after the season and caught 73 balls, including 10 touchdowns, for 778 yards last season.
"Tonight's news regarding Wes is very disappointing for our team, but we understand the league's authority in this area." Broncos head coach John Fox said. "While it's unfortunate to not have him to start the year, I have full confidence in our wide receivers and expect that group to continue playing at a high level. I have no doubt that Wes will remain focused on his preparations for the season and stay in excellent shape during his time away from the team."