Wes Welker clears concussion protocol, awaits new drug deal

AP

As progress toward a new drug deal continues (that would sound bad, except this week), several players currently on suspensions are waiting anxiously.

And in one instance, it could mean a quick return to the field.

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Broncos receiver Wes Welker has been cleared under the league’s concussion protocol.

That means, if a deal is reached and agreed to today, and if he’s reinstated, and if the Broncos activate him, he could potentially play this week.

That’s a lot of ifs.

But Welker is among the group of players who could have a suspension reduced or eliminated under a new deal.

As Florio noted earlier this afternoon, positive test for amphetamines during the offseason would be subject to the substance abuse program rather than the PED program, which doesn’t allow for four-game suspensions for first offenses.

So Welker’s Molly use at the Kentucky Derby would get him into the substance abuse program, where it takes multiple tests to trigger a suspension.