There was plenty of news this weekend that seemed to overshadow the 18-17 preseason loss the Denver Broncos suffered to the Houston Texans on Saturday night.
First was the unfortunate news of Wes Welker's concussion, which I believe could very well mean the end of his career in the NFL. I sure hope not, but with how much players and the league in general have learned of the damaging effects of concussions how could Welker not be considering hanging it up? Surely none of us fans would think any less of him as a man or an athlete. The rumor is that Welker isn't all that worried about this, however, so we'll just have to wait and see. Mike Klis thinks he'll be playing on opening day.
I believe Wes Welker will play in season opener vs. Indy. It's 2 weeks away. His "concussion helmet" helped absorb D.J. Swearinger blow.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 25, 2014
Second came the news of Matt Prater apparently getting suspended four games for drinking a beer at home. I'm not making excuses for him, but when Ray Rice beats his fiance unconscious in public and in front of a camera only gets a laughable two game suspension, something is terribly wrong with the asinine system of punishment the NFL and NFLPA has set up to protect ... what? What are they protecting with these rules and punishments that generally lack any common sense whatsoever? Anyway, at least Prater didn't get tossed for an entire season.
The last bit was the Broncos wasting little time in chopping their roster down to within two of the Cut Day limit. They have until Tuesday to figure out the last two spots for this round of cuts. Looking over the list, I saw no real surprises here. My guess is a couple of these guys end up on the practice squad.
The best part of my weekend was seeing Bradley Roby getting the game ball from ProFootballFocus. That is exactly the kind of performance I envisioned of him when the Broncos picked him up late in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. I can't wait to see more!
- Speaking of Roby, he obviously impressed against the Texans. He really did have a great game Saturday night.
- Von Miller refuses to let his mistakes make or break his career. He has been reborn in 2014 and looks to run roughshod over the league once again.
- You remember that guy Emmanuel Sanders? Well he may just be a game changer for this offense. Eric Decker who?
- I still can't believe Peyton Manning taunted a guy. In Seattle, they call that class and swagger.