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83 Wes Welker WR
Height/Weight: 5-9/185 | Birthdate: 5/1/1981 | Birthplace: Oklahoma City, OK, USA | Team: Denver | College: Texas Tech | NFL Experience: 11 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/493735.png | Owned/Started%: 100/47 | Average Draft Position: 72.66

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Don't be afraid of Wes Welker in Week 3


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) Wes Welker is allowed to play this week after the NFL and NFLPA agreed to a new drug policy.

You'll have to gauge where Welker fits with your lineup after he's been out for two games, but we like him as a borderline No. 2/3 receiver for this matchup.

Keep in mind the last two slot receivers against the Seahawks in Randall Cobb and Eddie Royal each had six catches, with Cobb scoring a touchdown, and Welker had eight catches for 84 yards against Seattle in the Super Bowl loss.

Don't be afraid of the Denver receivers in this game. Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Welker all still have the chance to shine despite the tough environment and opponent. We don't recommend benching any of them outright.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Wes Welker practices Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, who was reinstated Wednesday after serving two games of his suspension, returned to practice. Prior to being suspended for four games right before the start of the season, Welker was recovering from a concussion he suffered in the preseason.

Wes Welker eligible to return Week 3


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The NFL and NFL Players Association announced Wednesday morning a new agreement on improvements to their policy on performance enhancing substances, which include the use of third-party arbitration appeals of positive tests and implementation of testing for human growth hormone within the next few weeks.

Due to the new policy, the NFL announced Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, who was serving a four-game suspension, will be eligible to return this week.


NFL, NFLPA finishing up new drug policy


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) The NFL and the NFL Players Association are finalizing a new drug policy Tuesday evening, and a formal announcement is expected to be made by Wednesday morning, CBSSports.com NFL insider Jason La Canfora reports.

The NFLPA has begun to notify players of the revamped suspensions under the new policy, including Browns receiver Josh Gordon officially having his suspension reduced to 10 games. Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey and Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick are among the handful of players who should be able to rejoin their respective teams Wednesday in preparation of playing in Week 3.

However, Dolphins defenders Dion Jordan and Reshad Jones are not expected to be affected by the change in policy, the Palm Beach Post reports, leaving their suspensions active for two more games.


Report: Five suspended players to be immediately reinstated


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) ESPN.com reports Monday the NFL will reinstate five players immediately following the agreement of the new drug policy. Those five players coming off suspension are:

Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker ; Rams wide receiever Stedman Bailey ; Cowboys corner Orlando Scandrick ; Giants offensive lineman Eric Herman ; and free agent defensive lineman Spencer Nealy.

The new agreement is expected to be ratified in the next 24 hours. Other players are expected to have their drug suspensions impacted by the agreement as well. 


Update: NFL yet to reach agreement on new drug policy


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Just hours after the NFL Players Association announced the approval of a new drug policy, senior vice president of communications Greg Aiello tweeted that the league has yet to reach an agreement with the union on revisions to our drug programs, citing "significant unresolved issues."

As a result, Wes Welker, Dion Jordan, Reshad Jones and Orlando Scandrick may run the risk of sitting out Week 2, depending on an agreement.


Report: Wes Welker eligible to play Week 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker is eligible to play Week 2, according to NFL.com.

With the newly-passed drug agreement, Welker will no longer be suspended. While he's eligible to return, Welker was unable to practice all week due to the suspension. He's been medically cleared to return from a concussion, but his Week 2 status is up in the air.


NFLPA passes new drug agreement


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The NFL Players Association passed a new drug agreement, according to NFL.com.

Player representatives voted on the new agreement Friday afternoon. Early reports said current player suspensions could be reduced if the new agreement passed. As a result, Wes Welker and Orlando Scandrick are eligible to play Week 2. Josh Gordon 's situation is slightly more complicated, though early reports said his suspension would be reduced to 10 games if the new agreement were adopted. 


Report: NFLPA to vote on revised drug agreement Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) The NFL Players Association will vote on a revised drug agreement Friday, according to NFL.com. 

If passed, the agreement could lead to a number of players being immediately reinstated. Wes Welker is possibly the biggest name who would benefit from a new drug policy. Josh Gordon could also benefit, though his situation isn't as clear. The new drug policy would raise the threshold for a positive marijuana test. Gordon's positive test was barely above the old threshold, which could lead to a reduced suspension. At the same time, Gordon's test came in 2013, so it's unclear whether the new drug policy would apply here. 


Report: Tuesday vote could help Josh Gordon, Wes Welker


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) The NFL's 32 player reps will vote Tuesday on a new drug policy, reports ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Depending on the exact language, players currently under suspension such as Browns receiver Josh Gordon and Broncos receiver Wes Welker could have their suspensions reduced or overturned, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

However, Mortensen also reported that if Gordon and Welker were allowed back, owners of other teams would push to have their players reinstated. That could be a sticking point in any deal negotiated by the owners and players union.


La Canfora: Amnesty for currently suspended players unlikely


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Though the NFL and player's union are working toward a settlement numerous questions regarding the drug testing policy, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports that amnesty for players currently serving suspensions is not being strongly considered.

According to the report, neither side in the negotiations appears to be pushing for reductions to current suspensions for players like Wes Welker or Josh Gordon . At this point in the negotiations, it does not seem like a priority.

"Right now I don't see us reaching an agreement in the near term with or without player suspensions being lifted," a league source said.


Report: Agreement would bring optimism about suspensions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon and Broncos counterpart Wes Welker are among the players that are hopeful the new agreement between the NFL and NFLPA could result in reduced drug suspensions, per Bleacher Report.

Gordon has been suspended for the season while Welker is currently set to miss four games.


Report: New drug policy agreement could reduce suspensions


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) The NFL is working on a new drug agreement that could benefit currently suspended players, according to Pro Football Talk. 

The owners and players are still sorting out the details of the new proposal. If passed, the proposal would cause some significant changes to the league's drug policy. Offseason use of amphetamines would become substance-abuse violations as opposed to performance-enhancing violations. First time substance-abuse violations are not subject to suspensions. On top of that, the threshold to trigger a positive test for marijuana would be raised. 

If the new policy is agreed to soon, that could lead to reduced suspensions for players like Wes Welker and Josh Gordon . The new marijuana testing would apply to Gordon, while Welker would now be a first time offender of a substance-abuse policy, not a performance-enhancing violation. 

It's unclear how close the two sides are on getting a deal done. 


Wes Welker 'shocked' by news of suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker told The Denver Post he was surprised to learn he is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancement policy.

"I'm as shocked as everyone at today's news," Welker said in an e-mail to The Denver Post. "I want to make one thing abundantly clear: I would NEVER knowingly take a substance to gain a competitive advantage in any way. Anyone who has ever played a down with me, lifted a weight with me, even eaten a meal with me, knows that I focus purely on what I put in my body and on the hard work I put in year round to perform at the highest levels year-in and year-out...

"I have never been concerned with the leagues performance enhancing or drug abuse policies because under no scenario would they ever apply to me, but I now know, that (drug-policy procedures) are clearly flawed, and I will do everything in my power to ensure they are corrected, so other individuals and teams aren't negatively affected so rashly like this."


Wes Welker expected to be suspended for Week 1


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker will be suspended for Week 1, according to the Denver Post.

Mike Klis initially reported that there was a chance Welker's suspension wouldn't kick in until after Week 1, but issued an update later. While the NFL has yet to officially announce the suspension, the Broncos have been informed of the move. The team is expected to send out a press release confirming the information Tuesday.


Report: Wes Welker may play Week 1


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Update: Welker will be suspended for Week 1, according to the Denver Post. The team is expected to send out a press release shortly.

Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker may play Week 1 against the Colts, according to the Denver Post

Welker is expected to be suspended for four games after reportedly testing positive for amphetamines. The league, however, has not officially announced the suspension. Suspensions are typically announced by Tuesday, according to Pro Football Talk. Since the NFL has yet to announce the move, it's thought Welker could be available for Week 1, but would serve his suspension once the NFL announced the move. 

There are a lot of uncertainties regarding the situation at this time. The club expects Welker to be available, provided he passes concussion protocal, but it remains to be seen how the NFL will handle this suspension. 


Report: Wes Welker suspended four games for amphetamines


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been suspended four games by the league for use of amphentamines, ESPN reports.

Welker is currently recovering from a concussion and appeared to be on track to play in Week 1. However, an appeal filed by Welker has been denied by the league, leaving him ineligible for Denver's first four games. Welker will be eligible to return Week 6 against the Jets.


Wes Welker cleared to practice Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (concussion) has been cleared to practice and will do so Wednesday, DenverBroncos.com reports. How Welker responds to contact over the coming days will determine whether he'll be available for the team's Week 1 game against the Colts Sunday.

Wes Welker very playable if he plays


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Broncos receiver Wes Welker (concussion) is on track to get cleared and play Sunday night against the Colts. If he does, stick him in your lineup as your flex or WR3. He's a borderline WR2 in PPR leagues.

You can't predict concussions, so it doesn't make sense to sit him unless the team says it will limit his snaps.

In last year's matchup with Indy, Welker drew a healthy 11 targets. He caught seven passes for a season-high 96 yards. As it turns out, it was Welker's only game without a touchdown in the season's first half.

Welker historically starts strong, then fades. He's scored 32 touchdowns with 70.9 receiving yards per game in the first half of the season, compared to 16 touchdowns with 64.6 receiving yards per game in the second half.

Make sure to check the practice reports all week, but start Welker if he's a go.


Wes Welker back at practice, but not cleared for contact


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Broncos receiver Wes Welker, who suffered a concussion in the third preseason game, returned to practice Monday, reports NFL Network. He was wearing his helmet and doing individual drills. However, Welker has yet to be cleared for contact.

Wes Welker still needs to pass multiple concussion tests before Week 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker worked out with the team prior to Thursday's preseason finale against the Cowboys. Although Welker ran routes before the game, he'll still need to pass multiple evaluations as part of the league's concussion protocol to play Week 1 against the Colts on Sept. 7, ESPN reports.

Wes Welker cleared to travel with team


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been cleared to travel with the team for Thursday's preseason finale against the Cowboys, the Denver Post reports.

Welker is recovering from a concussion and has yet to be cleared to engage in contact. He was wearing a more-padded helmet when he took the hit that led to his third concussion in the last 10 months. The receiver's status for Week 1 is still up in the air.


Wes Welker 'in the exercise mode'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Broncos receiver Wes Welker has progressed to the exercise portion of the concussion protocol. "He's in the exercise mode right now," coach John Fox told NewsRadio 850. "He won't be back out there until he's completely well."

Welker suffered his third concussion in 10 months in Saturday's preseason game against Houston.


Wes Welker doing 'fantastic' in concussion protocol


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Broncos head coach John Fox said Tuesday that wide receiver Wes Welker is doing "fantastic" in the concussion protocol, NFL.com reports.

Welker suffered his third concussion in the past year Saturday, but the team is optimistic that the injury won't cost the receiver an extended period of time. His status for Week 1 remains up in the air.


Wes Welker dealing with 3rd concussion in under 10 months


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Broncos receiver Wes Welker won't practice Monday as he recovers from his third concussion in the past 10 months, reports ESPN.com. The team, however, doesn't initially believe his concussion is as serious as the two he suffered last season, the report said.

The website said Welker likely would have to be symptom-free by next Monday in order to play in the regular-season opener.