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Wes Welker, Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick, and Rams WR Stedman Bailey are all allowed to return to their teams immediately and play Week 3 after the NFL and NFLPA agreed to a new drug policy Wednesday.

All three players can return to their respective teams' facilities Wednesday morning and begin practicing with their clubs. Welker has already been cleared of his preseason concussion and should be back in the lineup Sunday against the Seahawks. The Broncos will have to see where Welker is at physically after he hasn't practiced with the teams for a few weeks, but we'd expect him to be out there at least in a limited role. He'll eventually be on the WR2/3 map.
Sep 17 - 10:53 AM

Ronnie Hillman was active for Sunday's Week 2 win over the Chiefs, but got zero touches.

C.J. Anderson was Montee Ball's backup for the second straight week, rushing five times for 31 yards. There will continue to be week-to-week competition here to see who will be the No. 2 back. Hillman held the job through training camp.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 15 - 11:05 AM

Julius Thomas caught four passes for 39 yards and one touchdown in Denver's Week 2 win over Kansas City.

Thomas looked to be well on his way to another monster day after he reeled in a four-yard touchdown on a perfect throw from Peyton Manning to end the Broncos' first possession. But Julius was targeted just five times and lost a red-zone look to Jacob Tamme for a four-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Thomas now has four scores through two games and remains a locked-in top three tight end. The Broncos go to Seattle in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 9:07 PM

Demaryius Thomas caught five passes for 62 yards and one touchdown in the Broncos' Week 2 win over the Chiefs.

Just what Demaryius owners wanted after he managed only 48 yards and no scores in Week 1. Thomas was targeted seven times. His 12-yard touchdown grab was one of the better plays of the week, a one-handed catch behind Chris Owens in the left side of the end zone. Thomas battled a bit of a foot issue in pre-game warmups and missed a couple snaps, but it wasn't a real problem. Thomas and the Broncos head to Seattle in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 8:51 PM

Emmanuel Sanders caught eight passes for 108 yards in the Broncos' Week 2 win over the Chiefs.

Sanders saw a team-high nine targets on the afternoon, and roasted the Chiefs for a long gain of 48 yards. Aside from that big play, he was mostly a chain mover. Sanders' upside is limited a bit by being allergic to the end zone, but he's been getting peppered with targets in Wes Welker's absence. Even when Welker returns, Sanders will be a high-upside WR2/3 as an every-down player. Drop him down a few pegs for Denver's Week 3 tilt in Seattle.
Sep 14 - 8:34 PM

Montee Ball rushed for 60 yards on 12 carries in the Broncos' Week 2 win over the Chiefs.

Ball caught all three of his pass-game targets for an additional 29 yards. There was plenty of running room against a Chiefs defense that lost LE Mike DeVito, ILB Derrick Johnson, and SS Eric Berry. Unfortunately for Ball owners, the Broncos opted for two four-yard pass touchdowns instead of giving Ball the rock near the goal line. Ball will be more of a high-end RB2 next week in Seattle.
Sep 14 - 8:12 PM

Peyton Manning completed 21-of-26 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the Broncos' 24-17, Week 2 win over the Chiefs.

Manning and the Broncos did all of their damage in the first half, jumping out to a 21-10 lead at the break. Peyton led the offense right down the field on the opening drive before finding Julius Thomas for a four-yard touchdown. It was a perfect throw and even better catch on Thomas' part. Manning found Jacob Tamme and Demaryius Thomas for his other two scores. We'll see if the Broncos can get revenge on the Seahawks next week when Denver travels to Seattle. Manning is obviously a locked-in QB1, but it's a tough matchup.
Sep 14 - 7:36 PM

Broncos declared WR Cody Latimer, S David Bruton, CB Tony Carter, LB Danny Trevathan, OL Ben Garland, and OL Michael Schofield inactive for Week 2 against the Chiefs.

Latimer is a healthy scratch even with Wes Welker still suspended, suggesting the rookie is far behind Andre Caldwell. Trevathan has a knee injury. Special teamer Bruton has a bum shoulder.
Sep 14 - 3:05 PM

Wes Welker will not play in Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

The NFL has yet to reach an agreement with the NFLPA on a new drug policy. Suspended players like Welker and Orlando Scandrick will remain suspended this week. Welker should be reinstated in time for Week 3.
Sep 13 - 4:27 PM

The NFLPA confirmed the union has yet to reach an agreement with the NFL on a new drug policy, but hopes to have a deal finalized "very soon."

"The Board of Player Representatives gave the NFLPA authority to complete new drug policies with the League consistent with detailed term sheets the players reviewed," the NFLPA said in a press release. "We hope to have final agreements, including effective date for players with adjusted discipline, very soon." Even if a deal gets done on Saturday, it is very unlikely reinstated players would suit up this weekend. The good news is it appears Wes Welker will be ready to rock Week 3.
Source: NFLPA
Sep 13 - 9:18 AM

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello shot down Friday night reports that the league has agreed to a new drug policy.

NFL Network -- which is league-owned -- reported Friday evening that the NFL has "unanimously" approved the terms of a new drug policy. Not so fast. "We have not yet reached an agreement with the union on revisions to our drug programs," Aiello tweeted. "There continue to be significant unresolved issues." Don't expect to see Wes Welker in uniform Sunday night versus Kansas City.
Sep 12 - 10:07 PM

USA Today's Lindsay Jones considers it "very unlikely" that Wes Welker will play in Week 2, despite the NFL's new drug-policy agreement.

Keep in mind Jones is a former Broncos beat reporter. Welker has been cleared from his preseason concussion and his suspension will ultimately be reduced, but Jones notes he hasn't gone through a full practice with the Broncos since August 16. It'd be a major stretch to expect him to suit up on such short notice. Still, Welker drafters will probably end up looking smart. He should be an every-week WR2/3 by as soon as Week 3.
Sep 12 - 9:41 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the NFLPA has unanimously approved the terms of a new drug policy.

The biggest changes will include testing for HGH and a higher threshold for a positive marijuana test. If finalized by Sunday, Wes Welker and Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick will be immediately reinstated and available to play this week. Josh Gordon's suspension is expected to be reduced to 10 games, potentially putting him on track to return in Week 12.
Sep 12 - 7:14 PM

The Denver Post expects Ronnie Hillman to be active in Week 2.

Hillman was a healthy scratch after falling behind in his preparation last week. C.J. Anderson backed up Montee Ball, but was limited to four carries. Hillman could see change-of-pace work behind Ball if active.
Sep 12 - 6:24 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the NFLPA has scheduled a Friday afternoon vote on a new drug policy.

The NFLPA isn't expected to vote on a proposal it doesn't intend to approve. Per Rapsheet, players currently serving suspensions for positive amphetamine tests — such as Wes Welker, Orlando Scandrick and Dion Jordan — would be immediately reinstated. It's unclear if that would take effect for Week 2 or Week 3, but it's likely Week 2. Josh Gordon's situation is more complicated. It's believed he would still be banned somewhere in the 6-10 game range, but he would be back in 2014.
Sep 11 - 9:08 PM

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