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Draft Scout Wes Welker News
09/22/14 - WR Wes Welker caught six passes for 60 yards and played 47 of 70 snaps in his return from a two-game suspension that was shortened from four after a change in the NFL's drug-testing policy. The action in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks was Welker's first since a concussion Aug. 23. He was on the receiving end of a shot from Kam Chancellor late in regulation, but he returned for the final series.
09/21/14 - WR Wes Welker played for the first time this season after his drug suspension was reduced from four games to two. Welker caught six passes for 60 yards, most of the receptions coming in the second half. "It's a big thing," Welker said. "Just being out there with my teammates and trying to help out and not watching from a TV. It was great to be out there with the guys, and I wish we could have come out with a win."
09/20/14 - WR Wes Welker had his exemption lifted Friday (Sept. 19) and now counts against the Broncos' 53-man roster. After serving two games of an original four-game suspension, Welker was reinstated earlier in the week after a new agreement was reached between the NFL and NFLPA.
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.