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Wes Welker | WR | Denver Broncos
Posted: 9/13/2014 5:06pm et
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.
Huddle Up: Welker should return next week. Andre Caldwell will once again see most of the reps in the slot but he isn't much of a fantasy factor with all the other weapons Peyton Manning has at his disposal.

Posted: 9/13/2014 12:07am et
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.
Huddle Up: It looks as if owners will have to wait until Week 3 for Welker's return but overall they still make out. Welker will once again be a WR2/3 depending on scoring system whenever he returns to the Broncos lineup.

Posted: 9/12/2014 8:51pm et
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.
Huddle Up: There's no reason to believe Welker won't be on the field Sunday against the Chiefs where he'll resume his role as one of Peyton Manning's favorite receivers. Welker is locked in as a WR2/3 this week depending on your scoring system.

Posted: 9/7/2014 7:55pm et
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.
Huddle Up: Caldwell is a risky play this week but any receiver on the field with Peyton Manning has a chance to put up strong fantasy numbers. Caldwell should see plenty of work in the slot with Welker out.

Posted: 9/5/2014 10:28am et
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.
Huddle Up: Interesting news and worth keeping an eye on. It is unclear at this time when this possible agreement could be reached, or when it would take affect. But some believe a resolution could come as early as Sunday.

Posted: 9/2/2014 7:25pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker has been suspended four games for amphetamine use. Amphetamines can be used to help speed the recovery from concussions.
Huddle Up: Well, that solves the issue as to whether the slot wideout will be able to play in Week 1. For immediate fantasy purposes, however, look to see either Emmanuel Sanders or Jacob Tamme lined up in the slot, and second-rounder Cody Latimer possibly used earlier than expected outside.

Posted: 8/31/2014 5:44pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) will increase his activity level when the team returns to practice Monday, Sept. 1.
Huddle Up: Despite all the risk, Welker is determined to get back on the field as soon as medically possible. Of course, the key fantasy question is how long he'll be able to stay on field once he resumes action, but monitor the situation throughout the week if you're counting on him Week 1.

Posted: 8/25/2014 12:36am et
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.
Huddle Up: Some optimistic news for Welker owners, but the overriding concern is that the WR is simply prone to too many hard hits and possible concussions given his size and fearless play in the midst of midfield traffic.

Posted: 8/24/2014 12:53pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker suffered a concussion in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23, according to head coach John Fox. After making a catch across the middle late in the first half, Welker took a shoulder to the helmet and then his head hit the ground. He immediately came out of the contest and headed into the lockerroom and was later diagnosed with his third concussion in less than a year.
Huddle Up: Welker missed 3 games due to a pair of concussions last season, and with his small stature and fearless work between the numbers he is at constant risk. Not only is his short-term availability in question, but his future in the game is in doubt, and he needs to be moved down all draft boards, while the likes of Emmanuel Sanders, Andree Caldwell and rookie Cody Latimer all deserve corresponding upticks.

Posted: 8/21/2014 3:41pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: Welker was excused for an undisclosed reason Wednesday, and that's likely the case again today, but inquiring fantasy minds would like to know what's up. Stay tuned ...

Posted: 8/7/2014 3:59pm et
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.
Huddle Up: Yeah, we know what the depth chart says, but it's hard to imagine the Broncos exposing Welker and his history of concussions to any more hits than necessary. See how the first few preseason games play out, beginning Thursday night against the Seahawks.

Posted: 7/17/2014 7:53pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker probably will not be used as a punt returner this upcoming season because of his concussion history.
Huddle Up: That's the last thing Welker owners want to see: The 33-year-old wideout fielding punts in the face of the onrushing special-team kamikazes looking to lay the wood to the 5-foot-9, 190-pounder.

Posted: 2/22/2014 8:54pm et
Denver Broncos general manager John Elway said he expects WR Wes Welker to return to the team next season because he is under contract.
Huddle Up: Unless Welker decides the concussions have taken too great a toll he'll be back in the slot for Peyton Manning and the Broncos. And if Eric Decker leaves via free agency, Welker's numbers are likely to climb.

Posted: 2/9/2014 10:43pm et
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.
Huddle Up: With 73 catches for 778 yards had his worst season since 2006, his final season with the Dolphins, but his value to the Broncos came in the red zone, where he hauled in a career-high 10 TD catches. Look for him to remain in the Mile High City.

Posted: 1/30/2014 8:46pm et
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."
Huddle Up: Another concussion could alter the outlook for the still-productive slot wideout, who will turn 33 on May 1, but, in the meantime, expect Welker back in orange and blue.

Posted: 1/28/2014 11:27pm et
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."
Huddle Up: Not a real surprising sentiment -- other than the fact it was made publicly -- and this very situation could prove to be the ultimate test of the NFL's new concussion-protocol system.

Posted: 1/22/2014 6:49pm et
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.
Huddle Up: Few outside of Bill Belichick thought the play was anything but legal, so official confirmation from the league should come as no surprise.

Posted: 1/13/2014 2:28pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) confirmed he wore an oversized helmet in the Divisional Round playoff game for safety.
Huddle Up: Make all the Dark Helmet jokes you like, but Welker is being proactive in protecting himself from further concussions. May the Schwartz be with him.

Posted: 1/12/2014 11:17pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker caught 6 passes for 38 yards and a TD Sunday, Jan. 12 in a 24-17 AFC divisional-playoff win over the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: Welker missed the final 2.5 games of the regular season after suffering his second concussion, and was back with a larger helmet Sunday. He was targeted 9 times -- second on the team to fellow wideout Demaryius Thomas -- but showed some signs of rust despite his 3-yard scoring reception in the second quarter.

Posted: 1/2/2014 11:01pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker 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.'
Huddle Up: Welker, who missed the final 3 games of the regular season, will start in the slot but remains squarely in the line of fire with his routes over the middle.

Posted: 12/31/2013 11:08am et
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said WR Wes Welker (concussion) has been cleared to play in the team's first playoff game.
Huddle Up: Welker would have had another week to rest and recover anyway, but it was nice of both he and the Broncos to give us the "all clear" in advance of fantasy playoff drafts.

Posted: 12/27/2013 3:01pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) has been ruled out for the team's Week 17 game. Welker will travel with the team.
Huddle Up: Welker returned to practice on a limited basis this week but the next time he suits this year for the Broncos will be in the postseason. Andre Caldwell will man the slot with Welker out.

Posted: 12/26/2013 11:24pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: Welker is well on his way to recovering from his second concussion of the season, but the Broncos said last week that the WR wouldn't play in Week 17. Check back to make sure, but don't get your hopes up.

Posted: 12/25/2013 9:11pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: It's good news that Welker returned to practice after missing the last two games. There's a chance he could suit up for Denver in Week 17 with home field advantage in the playoffs on the line.

Posted: 12/20/2013 12:22pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) is expected to sit out the final two regular season games and return for the playoffs.
Huddle Up: Go ahead and scratch Welker from any Week 17 plans you may have had as well. His extended late-season vacation also makes him a little risky for playoff fantasy leagues.

Posted: 12/20/2013 12:12pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) will not play Week 16 because of a concussion.
Huddle Up: Andre Caldwell filled in admirably last week and would be in line to do so again--and catching passes from Peyton Manning always provides a fantasy boost.

Posted: 12/19/2013 10:40pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) will miss a second straight game. Welker didn't practice Thursday, Dec. 19, but he was able to do light running and weight room work, according to head coach John Fox.
Huddle Up: Nothing unexpected here, and this point with the Broncos already having secured a playoff berth, there's little reason for Welker to return and play in Week 17 either.

Posted: 12/18/2013 6:14pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) has yet to be cleared from the concussion protocol, and head coach John Fox is calling him day-to-day. Welker must be symptom-free before he is approved to play in Week 16 against the Houston Texans. He must also go through multiple days of limited practice before returning to game action. WR Andre Caldwell is expected to be the team's third receiver this weekend.
Huddle Up: He could be out this week, but it also sounds like he could be cleared on Sunday morning and play. Watch his status throughout the week.

Posted: 12/18/2013 2:32pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: Keep an eye on his situation this week, but it looks like you might be without Welker for championship week.

Posted: 12/16/2013 1:43pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) is not participating in practice Monday, Dec. 16.
Huddle Up: Keep an eye on him throughout the week.

Posted: 12/12/2013 7:51pm et
The Denver Broncos have declared RB C.J. Anderson, CB Champ Bailey, OG Chris Kuper, DL Derek Wolfe, C J.D. Walton, WR Wes Welker, QB Zac Dysert inactive for Week 15.
Huddle Up: With Welker missing his first game of the season, look for TE Jacob Tamme and possibly WR Andre Caldwell to work out of the slot. WR Eric Decker could also move inside as well.

Posted: 12/11/2013 10:44am et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) will not play in Week 15.
Huddle Up: That means more for Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Julius Thomas this week. Andre Caldwell might also get a little more playing time in Welker's absence.

Posted: 12/10/2013 7:18pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Huddle Up: Definitely nothing unexpected here as Welker's fantasy owners should be planning to go without him in Week 15 as the Broncos have a short week playing Thursday night. The concern doesn't stop there, though, as this is the slot wideout's second concussion in a month.

Posted: 12/9/2013 5:42pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) is not expected to play Week 15 because he suffered a concussion in the team's Week 14 game. Head coach John Fox said Welker is going through the concussion protocol and that the team is monitoring his health.
Huddle Up: That is better than "ruled out" for fantasy purposes, but the short week probably means he will be unavailable.

Posted: 12/8/2013 7:28pm et
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) left the Week 14 game against the Tennessee Titans due to concussion, and he will not return.
Huddle Up: This is Welker's second concussion in recent weeks. He might not be playing in next week's game, keep an eye on his situation.

Posted: 11/22/2013 2:49pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 22, and is probable for Week 12.
Huddle Up: You didn't think Welker would miss out on this game, did you? He likely needs to clear the final concussion protocol hurdle, but count on him starting Sunday night in Foxborough -- this time as a Bronco.

Posted: 11/21/2013 2:10pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) is participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 21 a day after missing practice Wednesday.
Huddle Up: This is the best sign yet that Welker might be available Sunday night against his old team, but he still has some concussion-protocol hurdles to clear before that can happen. Stay tuned . . .

Posted: 11/20/2013 2:18pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Welker is going through the concussion protocol, which could keep him out no matter how good he feels otherwise. Tom Brady's prediction that Welker would play this weekend means little in the face of the protocol.

Posted: 11/18/2013 8:42pm et
Sources are saying that Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) is expected to be OK for Week 12 against the New England Patriots. He'll undergo baseline concussion testing Monday, Nov. 18, and will likely be limited in practice all week. He was checked by the team's training staff after suffering the injury but re-entered the game for five games. 'My understanding is we followed protocol, he was cleared to return, he had symptoms that came up and he was pulled,' interim head coach Jack Del Rio said Monday. 'He'll go through the protocol this week ... (Doctors) checked him, allowed to return, symptoms came that were problematic and he was pulled.'
Huddle Up: Expect the Broncos and Welker to do all they can to get the WR ready to face his former team in a big Sunday night showdown. Follow the progress throughout the week.

Posted: 11/18/2013 2:29pm et
Per the league's concussion protocol, Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) will be limited in practices this week following his concussion in Week 11 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Friday, Nov. 22, would be his first full day of practice, even if he passes a baseline test Monday, Nov. 18. Welker was targeted 10 times in the win over the Chiefs, finishing with eight catches for 74 yards.
Huddle Up: It sounds like Welker might be out this week unless he makes a quick recovery. He did return briefly after being concussed, but the protocol tends to keep players out at least a week.

Posted: 11/18/2013 11:50am et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) was diagnosed with a concussion after suffering a blow to the head in Week 11.
Huddle Up: Welker will now need to progress through the league's concussion protocol to be available for Denver's matchup with the Patriots next Sunday night. You know he wants a shot at his former mates, so whatever he can do to pass those tests he'll do.

Posted: 11/7/2013 9:51pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 7, but interim head coach Jack Del Rio said Welker did 'a lot.'
Huddle Up: Welker was back at work after sitting out Wednesday. Have full confidence that the "slot machine" will be fully functional Sunday in San Diego.