There's a chance - it sounds to me like slim chance - that Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker's four-game suspension could be reduced or removed altogether, NBC's Mike Florio said on air Thursday night. ProFootballTalk.com added to Florio's report, detailing ongoing negotiations between the NFL and NFLPA on a new comprehensive drug-testing policy that have made "real progress."
One change is that offseason use of amphetamines would move from the performance-enhancing substance policy to the substance-abuse policy. That would mean that Welker would switch from a first-time offender in the PED policy (which carries an automatic four-game suspension) to a first-time offender in the substance-abuse policy (which carries no suspension).
Florio suggests there's a chance this new drug policy could get approved this week, while there's also a chance it would be retroactively enforced for Welker and others. I'd be surprised on both counts and don't expect Welker this week or next.
But by Week 3 against the Seahawks? Maybe.