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Wes Welker (concussion) has been cleared to travel with the Broncos to their preseason finale, but he has yet to be cleared to play.

Welker is making his way through the league's protocol at a rapid pace. He's already exercising, but can't yet take on contact in practice. Welker has 11 days to gain clearance for the Broncos' Week 1 opener two Sundays from now.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 27 - 6:36 PM

Cody Latimer is expected to be used in some of the Broncos' red-zone packages.

Even if Wes Welker (concussion) suits up Week 1, it sounds like the Broncos have a role for Latimer. At 6'2/215 with exceptionally strong hands and a penchant for winning 50/50 balls, he's a logical candidate to do some Eric Decker things near the goal-line. It's still unclear if Latimer is ahead of Andre Caldwell on the depth chart in base packages -- the veteran ran ahead of the second-round rookie in the third preseason game.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 12:22 PM

Jacob Tamme is a candidate to get some slot work if Wes Welker (concussion) misses time.

Emmanuel Sanders has tons of experience in the slot and would make the most sense there in the event of a Welker absence. But the Broncos would likely mix and match, with Tamme getting some packages. Still, our preferred stash here is Cody Latimer as the best red-zone threat and most talented player. He'd play outside while Sanders goes inside.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 11:30 AM

Wes Welker (concussion) is already in the exercise mode of the concussion protocol.

Players that suffer concussions are not allowed to exercise until symptoms have subsided. Considering Welker is just four days removed from his third concussion in nine months, it's a fantastic sign that he's bouncing back well. Welker still has 11 days until the Broncos open up on Sunday Night Football against the Colts.
Aug 27 - 10:03 AM

Coach John Fox said Wes Welker is doing "fantastic" in the concussion protocol.

Oftentimes, players with a history of concussions have trouble progressing quickly through the league's protocols. That doesn't appear to be the case with Welker even though this is his third concussion in the last nine months. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says there's a "lot of optimism from the team," essentially confirming that Welker has no intention of retiring and is on track to make a speedy return. We still like Cody Latimer as a late-round stash -- he has more real-life upside than Andre Caldwell and Welker is a poor bet to make it through the season.
Aug 26 - 6:59 PM

Broncos acquired K Brandon McManus from the Giants in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick.

The Giants were going to cut McManus, so they do well to get something back. McManus has made both of his field goal attempts this preseason and produced 10 touchbacks on 11 kickoffs. He'll fill in for suspended Matt Prater.
Aug 26 - 3:28 PM

Giants waived or released K Brandon McManus, CB Charles James, LB Spencer Adkins, CB Ross Weaver, CB Kyle Sebetic, DE Emmanuel Dieke, OG John Sullen, WR Travis Harvey, S C.J. Barnett, DT Everett Dawkins, and TE Jerome Cunningham.

McManus gave Josh Brown a run for his money, nailing 2-of-2 field goals with 10 touchbacks on kickoffs. He'll likely get a look from a kicker-needy team.
Aug 26 - 9:51 AM

Wes Welker isn't considering retirement after his latest concussion.

"That’s not been brought up at all," coach John Fox said. Now 33, Welker has suffered three concussions in two years with the Broncos, but is making $6 million between salary and bonuses this season. He won't be hanging up his cleats. We're still wary of selecting Welker before the sixth or seventh round of a 12-team fantasy draft. The Broncos may have to consider scaling back his role.
Aug 25 - 3:39 PM

The Denver Post names Andre Caldwell as the player who "figures" to see more playing time if Wes Welker (concussion) misses action.

That's the way it went down on Saturday night, as Caldwell soaked up first-team reps while rookie Cody Latimer was strictly used with the reserves. The Post says Caldwell "has gained the coaches' trust with his reliability." Still, Latimer is the far more talented player and has had a strong first camp. We'd expect the Broncos to realize sooner rather than later that Emmanuel Sanders in the slot and Latimer outside would be their best bet without Welker.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 25 - 8:09 AM

The Denver Post's Mike Klis believes Wes Welker (concussion) will play in Week 1 against the Colts.

Klis notes that Week 1 is still two weeks away, and Welker's special "concussion" helmet "helped absorb" the blow he took from Texans S D.J. Swearinger. We saw Sanders begin to go in the fifth, fourth, and even third rounds of fantasy drafts Sunday as folks presumably assumed Welker wouldn't play this year. Longtime Broncos beat writer Klis disagrees. Welker remains a player to shy away from in the early rounds of drafts, but could actually turn out to be a pretty nice value if he emerges from this latest scare with a clear head.
Aug 24 - 10:41 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Broncos K Matt Prater was facing a year-long suspension before his attorney got it reduced to four games.

Prater has been in the league's drug program since 2011. This report suggests he's had multiple strikes. Prater has a booming leg and is the consensus top fantasy kicker. He'll miss the first four games of the season before returning in Week 6. Look for the Broncos to sign a veteran kicker in the coming days.
Aug 24 - 12:42 PM

NFL suspended Broncos K Matt Prater four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

According to the Denver Post, the violation was "alcohol-related." Prater has been in the league's alcohol program since August 2011, when he was charged with DUI. It's a major fantasy blow, as Prater has one of the league's biggest legs, and is kicking for its best offense. He was Rotoworld's No. 2 kicker. Prater's backup is undrafted rookie Mitch Ewald, but the Broncos will likely search for a veteran fill-in. Prater's track record is such that his roster spot shouldn't be in danger. He is eligible to return in Week 6, as the Broncos are on bye in Week 4. Prater is no longer draftable in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 24 - 2:15 AM

Coach John Fox confirmed Wes Welker suffered a concussion in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

Welker's latest head trauma came when trash-talking Texans S D.J. Swearinger hit him up high just before halftime. The 33-year-old slot machine also suffered two concussions last season, with the second one costing him the final three regular-season games. He also had a number of head injuries while with the Patriots, putting his long-term status in some doubt. At this point, he has to think about his health after football. If Welker misses regular season time, Emmanuel Sanders would move into the slot and Andre Caldwell would compete with rookie Cody Latimer for the starting role outside. Note that Caldwell ran ahead of Latimer Saturday night.
Aug 24 - 12:43 AM

Second-round rookie Cody Latimer played behind veteran Andre Caldwell in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

Latimer exclusively played with the second- and third-stringers while Caldwell got some first-team work. The rookie finished with one catch for 17 yards and had a bad drop. This will be a situation worth monitoring closely as Wes Welker took yet another shot to the head Saturday night, which could force Emmanuel Sanders into the slot. Latimer would give the Broncos far more upside on the outside than Caldwell, but John Fox's penchant for burying rookies is concerning.
Aug 24 - 12:07 AM

Andre Caldwell played ahead of Cody Latimer in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

Demaryius Thomas called it a night early, so Caldwell got a bunch of first-team reps and caught two passes for 18 yards. Latimer didn't get in the game until Brock Osweiler came on. It's something definitely worth monitoring as Wes Welker took another shot to the head and was being evaluated for a concussion Saturday night.
Aug 24 - 12:04 AM


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