Welcome back, Wes Welker. After being suspended for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy, a 4-game sentence, Welker has served out 2 of those games. But the NFLPA and the NFL have finally come to terms on a new drug program, which effects both the PED and substance abuse policy.
Here's a snippet from their press release:
"Discipline of players for certain violations in the 2014 league year will be adjusted to reflect the new policy. Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos, Orlando Scandrick of the Dallas Cowboys and Stedman Bailey of the St. Louis Rams will be eligible to return to their teams this week."
The Denver Broncos get Welker back just in time for their march into the belly of the beast. Faced this week with taking on the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, at Century Link Field, the Broncos need every possible arrow in their quiver. He passed concussion protocol last week, so there's absolutely no reason he won't be on the field this Sunday.
Against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, Welker was targeted 10 times, catching 8 balls for 84 yards. He will be especially key for the Broncos on 3rd down. The Legion of Boom will try to impose their will on the Broncos offense and force them into 3rd and long situations. Running the ball effectively, and taking advantage of soft spots in the zone, a Welker specialty, will be key in foiling the Seahawks' plans.
You can find Chad Jensen on Twitter @CJ_Broncos.
Image credit: Ron Chenoy of USA Today Sports