Denver Broncos wide receiver, Wes Welker, is currently serving a 4 game suspension for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy. However, ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that the NFL Player's Association is meeting tonight to possibly vote on an "overhaul" of the league's PED policy. The 32 NFLPA representatives will participate in a conference call at 9PM EST.
The collective league ownership has apparently made it a sticking point with the NFLPA to make said "overhaul" retroactive, which would immediately reinstate Welker, as well as players like Josh Gordon and Robert Mathis. Mortensen also said this:
"One late sticking point is that the league has received complaints and concerns from owners regarding possible reinstatement for recently suspended players such as Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns and Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos, who would not have been suspended under the proposed policy. Those owners were displeased that a new agreement would not necessarily alter the standing of their own suspended players."
As his suspension stands now, the soonest Welker could return to the Broncos would be in week 6 vs the New York Jets, because the team's bye is in week 3.
In Welker's absence, the Broncos utilized tight end, Julius Thomas, and wide receiver, Emmanuel Sanders, in the slot. Both players had big games in week 1 vs the Indianapolis Colts. Thomas even snagged 3 touchdowns. There were some big question marks on how the team would weather the storm of losing Welker for a quarter of the regular season, but they didn't seem to miss a beat on Sunday night.
Broncos Country hopes that the NFLPA will in fact vote to change their stance on PEDs and make said changes retroactive. The silver lining in Welker's suspension is that it's given him the opportunity to recover from his third concussion in 10 months. He sustained a concussion on August 23rd vs the Houston Texans.
You can find Chad Jensen on Twitter @CJ_Broncos.