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Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:01:57 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) had no setbacks in practice this week and will play Sunday, Sept. 11. However, there's no guarantee on number of snaps he'll receive in a crowded offense.
Fantasy Tip: Welker ($3,700; 7.4% of your cap) is a bargain buy on FantasyScore this week, but one has to wonder how much he'll produce as the fourth or fifth option in the offense.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:37:17 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) has practiced with the team all week and is ready to play in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks. He practiced in full all week, and he's listed as probable for Sunday, Sept. 21. "It's been great," head coach John Fox said of Welker's work this week. "He's a veteran guy that attacks preparation, and he's had a great week." Welker is expected to play, but he may not see a normal number of snaps as he would have if he had practiced more with the team before his suspension.
Fantasy Tip: You won't have to decide whether to spend on Welker at FantasyScore this week, since he's not eligible. However, he should be in all standard league rosters this weekend.
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:32:59 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) practiced with the team Wednesday, Sept. 17, which was his first on-field work since Labor Day, and he said he was cleared medically "about a week or so ago." "I appreciate their concern, I do," Welker said. "But at the same time, I feel great. I feel sharp and ready to go." Head coach John Fox said that Welker's suspension, from a health perspective, may have been a "blessing in disguise" for Welker.
Fantasy Tip: Welker's health is great news. He probably won't be overworked in his first game back against the Seattle Seahawks, though, especially since the team has their bye in Week 4. He won't be eligible to play in your lineup at FantasyScore this weekend, either.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:06:08 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker feels great physically and is ready to return to the team, but he stopped short of committing to playing in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks. "That's a coach's decision," Welker said. " ... I'm preparing like I'm going to play." Welker was back on the practice field Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Fantasy Tip: Welker has been physically cleared and is going through the game plan with the team this week, so we'd expect him to suit up against the Seahawks. You won't have to worry about Welker at FantasyScore this week, since he's not eligible, but plan to return him to your standard lineups if he's active.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:31:24 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker will return to the slot receiver position in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks, moving WR Emmanuel Sanders back outside opposite WR Demaryius Thomas. WR Andre Caldwell will return to the No. 4 receiver role.
Fantasy Tip: Unfortunately, Welker won't be available at FantasyScore this week, but he should be returned immediately to all standard lineups against the Seahawks.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:46:07 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker has been reinstated Wednesday, Sept. 17, after a new drug testing agreement was reached.
Fantasy Tip: As mentioned previously, Welker is not guaranteed to play in Week 3. He is priced at $3,700 (7.4% of your cap) on FantasyScore against the Seattle Seahawks. He's a cheap gamble to take this week, but it's a very poor matchup.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:32:03 -0700
The NFL and NFLPA have reached an agreement to a new drug testing policy. An announcement is expected soon.
Fantasy Tip: Wes Welker may be eligible to play in Week 3. He is priced at $3,700 (7.4% of your cap) on FantasyScore, but they are playing the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3. He's a cheap gamble to take, but temper expectations. Josh Gordon could be eligible to return later this season as well.
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:03:12 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker will officially be reinstated following the agreement of a new drug policy.
Fantasy Tip: Welker should be good to go in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks. He's a low-end WR2 option, but there's always the injury/concussion risk.
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:17:35 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker is not on the 53-man roster Saturday, Sept. 13, and will not play Sunday, Sept. 14, in Week 2.
Fantasy Tip: He should be owned and could be a solid start in Week 3.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:26:15 -0700
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker is unlikely to play in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs, as he has not gone through a full practice since Aug. 19.
Fantasy Tip: FantasyScore owners will want to avoid Welker in the upcoming week, even if he is able to suit up and play. Let him knock the rust off before relying upon him for one of your lineup spots.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:26:25 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker is eligible to return to the field in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Sept. 14, following the agreement between the league and NFLPA on terms for the new drug policy.
Fantasy Tip: It's uncertain if Welker will be activated by the team since he hasn't practiced all week, and FantasyScore owners probably want to wait a week to see how he produces before plugging him back into the active lineup.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:54:27 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) has cleared the concussion protocol, and he would be able to play in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs if he is cleared by the NFL surrounding a possible new deal on a drug agreement. However, that doesn't mean he'd be active for the game.
Fantasy Tip: Welker is at the minimum price point for receivers in Week 2 at FantasyScore ($3,700; 7.4% of cap). Even if the league reaches a new deal before Sunday, it appears unlikely that Welker would be active on such late notice.
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:10:44 -0700
The NFL and the Players Association are close to finalizing a new drug agreement that would bring human-grown hormone testing and changes to the marijuana policy. A new deal could result in reduced punishments for Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon, Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker and Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick. Players could vote on the new deal as early as Friday, Sept. 12.
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:15:32 -0700
Updating a previous report, the NFL Players Association will vote Tuesday, Sept. 9, on a revised drug policy, according to player sources. The policy will include human growth hormone testing for the first time ever, as well as changes that raise limits for marijuana testing and expand neutral arbitration. The league has received complaints from owners regarding reinstatement for recently suspended players like Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon and Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker, who would not have been suspended under the proposed policy.
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 15:51:52 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Andre Caldwell is listed as a starter for Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Sept. 7, in place of the suspended WR Wes Welker. The team is expected to use a combination of WRs Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas and even their running backs in the slot for Week 1. The team might also use two tight ends while using flex TE Jacob Tamme in the slot.
Fantasy Tip: FantasyScore owners who rolled the dice on the low-priced Caldwell could be in for a surprising stat line with Caldwell. Stay tuned.
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 09:36:24 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) was cleared to play by an independent doctor last week and would be ready to play if his four-game suspension is lifted. Welker's suspension may be lifted if the NFL and NFL Players Association are able to agree on a new drug testing policy.
Fantasy Tip: Owners should still prepare for Welker to sit out the first four games of the season, but it would be a bonus if his suspension is lifted. Welker is an injury risk but should be started most weeks when he plays.
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:03:19 -0700
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon and Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker could have their suspensions reduced if the players and owners agree on a new drug testing policy. The new policy that may be forthcoming would include testing for human growth hormone. Offseason use of amphetamines would move from the performance-enhancing substance policy to the substance-abuse policy. Welker would go from a first-time offender in the PED policy to a first-time offender in the substance-abuse policy, which means he would not be subject to suspension. The threshold to trigger a positive result on a marijuana test would rise. Gordon's positive marijuana test was barely above the NFL's current threshold for a positive test.
Fantasy Tip: Gordon and Welker would make an immediate impact for fantasy teams and could be great values on FantasyScore next week if their suspensions were lifted.
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 06:09:12 -0700
Updating previous reports, Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker allegedly took "Molly" at the Kentucky Derby in May, which was cut with amphetamines and triggered the failed drug test, according to a source. Another source said Welker tested positive for Adderall. Welker has denied taking any drugs either recreational or performance-enhancing.
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:55:25 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker has been suspended four games for amphetamine use, according to sources.
Fantasy Tip: This is obviously a big blow to Welker's fantasy value and subsequently gives more value to Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Cody Latimer and Andre Caldwell. The Broncos' bye is Week 4 so Welker won't return until Week 6.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:14:59 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) is on the practice field Monday, Sept. 1, but has not been cleared for contact or to play at this point.
Fantasy Tip: Owners should consider Welker as questionable for Week 1 but that could change if he is cleared. He likely would be at least a flex option if he plays, but owners should have another option ready if he sits out.
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:10:41 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) will increase his activity level when the team returns to practice Monday, Sept. 1.
Fantasy Tip: Welker has said he expects to be ready for Week 1, but until he is officially cleared, his status needs to be monitored.
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:35:57 -0700
Houston Texans SS D.J. Swearinger won't be fined for the hit that gave Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker a concussion.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:54:59 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) has been ruled out of the team's final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 27, but has been exercising and will travel with the team.
Fantasy Tip: While it is good news that Welker is appearing to make progress, there is still a long way to go before Welker is ready to go for Week 1. Check back over the next week for updates on his status, but have a backup plan ready in case he can't go.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:09:45 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) has not been cleared to practice at this point but is making good progress.
Fantasy Tip: The team will take their time with Welker because of his concussion history. Owners should wait to see if he is able to practice next week before setting their Week 1 lineup, but owners should also have an alternative ready in case Welker sits out the game.
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:09:13 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) made another positive step Tuesday, Aug. 26, in his recovery from another concussion, according to head coach John Fox. Welker has still not been ruled out for Week 1.
Fantasy Tip: At this rate it wouldn't be a surprise if Welker suited up for Week 1. He's still somewhat of a risky option with the accrued concussions, but is still definitely worth a look as part of the Broncos' potent offense.
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:08:22 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) could play in the team's regular season opener Sunday, September 7, if he does not have any concussion symptoms by Monday, September 1. Head coach John Fox iterated that the team's primary focus is Welker's safety.
Fantasy Tip: Welker's status certainly sounds more positive than in previous days. It seems that the worst case scenario at this point is that Welker could miss the season opener against the Colts. Stay tuned.
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:12:18 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) has a good chance to play in Week 1, according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post. Welker suffered a concussion in the team's third preseason game, but his "concussion helmet" helped absorb the blow.
Fantasy Tip: His status still needs to be monitored leading up to the team's opener against Indianapolis, but it looks like he could be ready to go. Welker is a solid WR3 in standard formats and a WR2 in PPR leagues. If Welker misses time, Emmanuel Sanders could see a bump in his value.
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:41:25 -0700
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) suffered a concussion in the third preseason game, according to head coach John Fox.
Fantasy Tip: Welker probably will miss some practice time because of the injury, and his status for Week 1 is uncertain at this point. Welker should still be a valuable fantasy player even if he misses a week or two.
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:10:54 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (head) left the third preseason game early and is being evaluated for a concussion.
Fantasy Tip: The team likely will have more information on Welker's status in the next day or two. Welker likely will be a starter in all leagues but has more value in point-per-reception leagues.
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:02:07 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.
Fantasy Tip: Welker was excused from practice Wednesday as well, so this is probably nothing to be concerned with here. Check back in the next couple days for an update.
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:23:41 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker is at the top of the depth chart as the team's punt returner ahead of WR Jordan Norwood and WR Isaiah Burse.
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:16:02 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker probably will not be used as a punt returner this upcoming season because of his concussion history.
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:31:26 -0700
Denver Broncos WRs Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders will be the top three wide receivers, with WRs Andre Caldwell and Cody Latimer also in the plans. Undrafted WR Isaiah Burse has potential but will have to show some significant pop in the preseason games to earn a potential job as return man and possible sixth receiver.
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:20:03 -0700
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady could play at a high level into his 40s, according to Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker. "If anybody can do it, it's Tom," Welker said. "I mean, he puts the time in, not only physically and mentally and everything else, but the way he eats, the way he sleeps, the way he does everything. He does it so he can play for a very long time. I think what he did in his 20s and 30s are going to carry on into his 40s."
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:47:12 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (shoulder) is not taking part in workouts with QB Peyton Manning and teammates at Duke University because of the shoulder injury he suffered in the Super Bowl. WRs Emmanuel Sanders, Wes Welker and Andre Caldwell are present with TE Julius Thomas.
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:17:34 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker had a $3 million salary for 2014 and a $3 million roster bonus become fully guaranteed on Wednesday, March 12.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:32:24 -0800
Denver Broncos general manager John Elway said he expects WR Wes Welker to return to the team next season because he is under contract.
Sat, 08 Feb 2014 15:12:13 -0800
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker will count $8 million against the 2014 salary cap. They have a $3 million roster bonus due to him in March.
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:45:03 -0800
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker said he is not thinking of retirement anytime soon, even if he wins a Super Bowl on Sunday. "Of course it would be a good way to end it, but I am still having fun," Welker said. "I am still enjoying the game. I feel good, and as long as I am out there having fun, I will continue to play."
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:09:08 -0800
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker said if he had a concussion, he would try to play through it to play in the Super Bowl, even if doctors advised against it. "You know," Welker said. "You want to be out there. It's the Super Bowl. Like, this is what you dream about. You're gonna be there. I don't care what it takes."
Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:57:34 -0800
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker was not fined for his hit on New England Patriots CB Aqib Talib in the AFC Championship game.
Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:44:48 -0800
NFL director of officiating Dean Blandino said the hit by Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker on New England Patriots CB Aqib Talib is a legal play under current NFL rules.
Mon, 20 Jan 2014 06:18:20 -0800
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was unhappy with Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker after he ran into Patriots CB Aqib Talib (ribs) in the AFC Championship game, which led to Talib's injury. "It was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib. No attempt to get open," Belichick said. "I'll let the league handle the discipline on that play, whatever they decide. It's one of the worst plays I've seen"
Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:06:14 -0800
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker said he is not concerned about another concussion, and will not play the game any differently to try to prevent one.
Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:39:36 -0800
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) confirmed he wore an oversized helmet in the Divisional Round playoff game for safety.
Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:25:21 -0800
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) practiced in full Friday, Jan. 10, and is probable for the divisional round.
Thu, 09 Jan 2014 13:39:52 -0800
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 9.
Wed, 08 Jan 2014 14:13:19 -0800
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 8.
Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:55:09 -0800
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) said he's ready to go for the team's Divisional playoff game next weekend after recovering from his second concussion this season. "It took a little bit of time," Welker said. "Even when I felt I was 100 percent, looking back you weren't 100 percent. It's always a tricky injury and just trying to manage it and everything else, but the doctors and trainers did a great job of just doing the things necessary to get me back out on the field."
Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:43:35 -0800
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said WR Wes Welker (concussion) has been cleared to play in the team's first playoff game.