Welker may not be suspended for Week One

AP

The good news for the Broncos and receiver Wes Welker is that he may not be suspended for Week One.  The bad news for the Broncos and Welker is that it may not matter, since he has yet to be cleared to play.

The worst news for the Broncos is that, if the NFL had finalized the Welker suspension by Saturday, the Broncos would have been able to keep someone they’d cut on the roster for at least the first four weeks of the season, since Welker would have been placed on the reserve/suspended list based on his four-game suspension for violating the PED policy.

One of the many things learned the during StarCaps case was that suspensions routinely are announced by Tuesday, since that’s the start of the work week.  As of Wednesday, Welker will practice and in turn be eligible to be paid for the week.

It means that, when Welker eventually is suspended (he will be), he’ll be more likely to miss a game that he would have been able to play, in light of his most recent concussion.  It also means that someone like safety Duke Ihenacho could have been kept around for the first month of the year.

For now, it means that, if Welker receives clearance to play on Sunday night against the Colts, he’ll be in the lineup — barring a dramatic departure by the NFL from its past practices.

21 responses to “Welker may not be suspended for Week One

  1. Such a horrible way to do business, NFL. Wife-beaters get a slap on the wrist, guys who smoke marijuana are banned for a year, and a dude who drops X might even get to play. YOUR A ROLE MODEL, ROGER GOODELL.

  2. This suspension might be the best thing to happen to Welker. He needs the break since he’s been concused about a dozen times.

  3. Sure are a lot of non-Seahawks players being suspended for PED’s. Flies in the face of the worn out juvenile narrative put forth by so many kids posting here.

  4. I’d say the other good news for the Broncos is that compared to their tainted Super Bowl wins during which they were cheating on the Salary Cap to be able to fit Elway in (and for which they recieved the largest monetary fine in NFL history) – this is pretty minor.

  5. As a Broncos fan, I’m alarmed that last season opened with two front office execs arrested for alcohol/ traffic offenses, and this season will open with two starting players (Welker and Prater) suspended for substance violations. The Broncos seem to have a cultural issue pertaining to drink and drugs.

  6. This is the best possible scenario, he will miss game one with the concussion, then be suspended for the next 4.

  7. I’d say the other good news for the Broncos is that compared to their tainted Super Bowl wins during which they were cheating on the Salary Cap to be able to fit Elway in (and for which they recieved the largest monetary fine in NFL history) – this is pretty minor.

    Still – I guess now all of Welker’s playoff and Super Bowl drops now have an asterisk next to them

  8. I dont think duke couldve been kept for the first month. Welker would have to be put on the PUP list and be out 6 weeks (2 weeks unnecessarily), so welker will be 1 of the 53 guys on the roster even with the suspension.

  9. Just because Welker is taking PEDs is no reason for the League to dance to the Broncos’ schedule. Quit whining.

  10. Lets see, you took a random substance, failed a drug test, and claim the system is flawed? Looks like the system worked perfectly.

  11. Based on comments posted in this article people are partaking in drugs a lot worse than is Welker but feel they can still throw stones. It’s none of your business if Welker decided to drop some MDMA at a horse race, and if he is eligible to play that is not whining or cheating, geniuses, it’s the NFL not doing it’s job by the deadline agreed upon in the CBA. If he is cleared he should play. Sorry you don’t want your team rolled up by the best O in NFL history, but that is going to happen even if Welker doesn’t play. Worry about your own pitiful lives.

  12. ANY and ALL Seahack fans commenting need not open their mouths. your team is the poster-boy for PED’s. Your time will come and everyone will enjoy watching the downfall.

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