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Wes Welker | WR | Denver Broncos
Posted: 2/17/2015 4:04pm et
Denver Broncos impending free-agent WR Wes Welker is not planning on retiring. Welker said he's preparing for next season and added that he never said he was considering retirement, contrary to a previous report.
Huddle Up: Welker, who will turn 34 in May, may end up playing next season but it doesn't figure to be for the Broncos, who have other free-agent pass-catcher priorities -- namely Demaryius and Julius Thomas.

Posted: 2/10/2015 11:58pm et
Denver Broncos impending free-agent WR Wes Welker is considering retirement after several years of head injuries and declining production, sources said Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Huddle Up: Welker, who will turn 34 on May 1, has dropped from 122 receptions to 49 and 1,569 yards to 464 over the last four seasons and isn't able to avoid nearly as many big hits over the middle as he once did.

Posted: 2/8/2015 8:59pm et
Denver Broncos impending free-agent WR Wes Welker is not expected to re-sign with the Broncos this offseason.
Huddle Up: Welker's advancing age -- he'll be 34 on May 1 -- concussion concerns, declining production, the Broncos' new offense and the team's other free-agent priorities add up to the end of Welker's two-year stay in the Mile High City.

Posted: 1/13/2015 1:52pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker was targeted 64 times in 14 games this season after being targeted 110 times in 13 games the previous season.
Huddle Up: Welker's 2-year deal is up this offseason, and given his declining skills and all the other items on the Broncos' to-do list, including dealing with free agents Demaryius and Julius Thomas among others, it's pretty clear the soon-to-be 34-year-old Welker has played his final game in orange and blue.

Posted: 11/7/2014 6:56pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (back) practiced in full for the third straight day Friday, Nov. 7, and is probable for Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: Welker will be out there Sunday if you need him, but his scant usage -- 9 catches for 94 yards over the last 4 games -- doesn't warrant fantasy-lineup consideration outside of the deepest of the leagues.

Posted: 11/5/2014 6:34pm et
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (back) practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 5.
Huddle Up: With the slot WR a full-go in the team's first practice of the week, it's a pretty solid indicator that he's not going to miss any more time after leaving early in Week 9.

Posted: 11/3/2014 7:47pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker suffered a back bruise in Sunday's contest against the New England Patriots. The timetable for his return was undisclosed.
Huddle Up: Welker was hurt on a third-quarter drop which wound up as an interception. It doesn't sound like anything major, but his fantasy owners will simply have to see what happens in practice this week.

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.