Wes Welker Officially Allowed to Play
The NFL and NFLPA have finally officially agreed upon the league’s new drug policy. With that news, Denver Broncos star wide receiver Wes Welker is officially allowed to play in week three.
Welker had previously been serving what was to be a four-game ban for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy. Welker tested positive for amphetamines and under the league’s former drug policy, a first time offense carried a four-game ban. However, under the new policy, Welkers alleged use of amphetamines will be filed under the substance abuse policy and a first time offense would not carry a four-game suspension.
The 33-year old Welker emphatically denied using a rumored “Molly” at a horse racing event over the summer, and it is not exactly known how he even initially tested positive for amphetamines. Regardless, with the new drug policy, Welker’s suspension has officially been lifted and he can be inserted intro the Denver Broncos starting lineup in time to face the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks in Seattle.
Despite the good news, it remains unclear exactly what Welker’s role will be this week and going forward. The team seemed to already have a plan in place to move on from Welker post-2014, as he will become a free agent after the season and is not expected to be brought back.
Both Emmanuel Sanders and Cody Latimer were brought in during the off-season via free agency and the draft, and are expected to be the long-term replacements. Sanders has actually played quite well in Welker’s absence, and there is an argument to be made that Denver’s offense no longer even needs Welker.
While that could be true, getting such an experienced and reliable target back can’t be bad news for Peyton Manning and the Broncos. After all, Denver will take all the help they can get a they try to topple a Seattle team that destroyed them in last year’s Super Bowl to the tune of a 43-8 final score.
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