It was announced yesterday morning that the NFL has reinstated wide receiver Wes Welker, and he was able to participate in the teams first practice on Wednesday.
Broncos Wes Welker, whose four-game suspension is being lifted, is returning to work with Denver this morning.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2014
This means that Welker is eligible to play this sunday when the Broncos take on the defending Super Bowl Champs the Seattle Seahawks. While the Broncos have yet to officially say whether or not Welker would play, I fully expect to see him on the field and starting for the Broncos.
Welker was excited to be back with his teammates and on the practice field yesterday.
It feels great being out there with your teammates and everything else. You really realize how much you miss it when you’re able to come here and go to work and be in meetings and hang around the guys and get out there and play something you love. So it was great to be out here."
Having Welker back is huge for the Broncos, especially heading into this weeks game in Seattle. Welker is Peyton's security blanket, and the guy he looks to on the key third down plays. Manning will need all the help he can get against this Seattle Seahawks defense, and I'm glad we will have Welker on the field.
This isn't the same Denver Broncos team:
As we all know the Broncos team that played in the Super Bowl this past February looks much different then the one that will take on the Seahawks this Sunday.
The Broncos on Sunday face Seattle with different starters than S.B. XLVIII at 17 total positions (5 off, 9 def., 3 spec tms).— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) September 17, 2014
The Broncos will have 17 different starters from their Super Bowl group take the field this Sunday. Linebacker Von Miller, Left Tackle Ryan Clady, Cornerback Chris Harris Jr., Safeties Rahim Moore and T.J Ward, Cornerback Aqib Talib, Running back Montee Ball and Receiver Emmanuel Sanders headline that list.
The from that list that i'm most interested in seeing on the field is Left Tackle Ryan Clady. He's arguably one of, if not the best Left Tackles in the game today. He will be protecting Manning's blindside, and should give him significantly more time to throw the ball then he was given in the Super Bowl. I don't care how talented your defense is, if you cannot pressure Manning he will pick you apart.
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- Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden called the Eagles surprising release of receiver DeSean Jackson a "curious move".
- It looks like Arizona Cardinals will start quarterback Drew Stanton for a second straight week in relief for the injured Carson Palmer.
- Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo missed practice today. Is Romo hurt again?
- Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf admitted he made a mistake by not acting quicker in the Adrian Peterson situation.
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