NFLPA approves new drug policy; Wes Welker to be reinstated

The NFLPA voted on Friday to approve a new drug policy that includes HGH testing, increased penalties for drunk driving, and a higher threshold for positive marijuana tests.

According to Mike Klis, Broncos wideout Wes Welker will be reinstated on either Friday night or sometime Saturday, once the agreement is ratified.

Welker had been serving a four-game suspension for a positive result for amphetamines, which he'd allegedly taken while attending the Kentucky Derby.

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Klis: Drug policy vote to occur Friday, Welker ready to play

According to Mike Klis, the league's union reps will vote on the new drug policy proposal on Friday afternoon.

Upon approval, Klis says Wes Welker "would be among several" players to be reinstated, suggesting that it's more than just Welker and Josh Gordon.

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Schefter: Wes Welker could be reinstated tonight

Well, that would explain the roster vacancy.

Broncos re-sign Nathan Palmer to practice squad

The Broncos have filled their practice squad vacancy by re-signing wideout Nathan Palmer, who was on the active roster for Week 1 (but was a game day inactive).

Oddly, they have not yet filled the opening on their 53-man roster, perhaps holding out hope for a last-minute reinstatement of Wes Welker.

But Welker cannot practice during his suspension, so we'd expect Palmer to end up back on the active roster within the next day or two.

Chargers lose center Nick Hardwick for season

Not only did the Chargers blow an 11-point fourth-quarter lead on Monday night, but they also lost their starting center, Nick Hardwick.

The 11th-year player had been troubled by stingers for much of 2013, and says he faced the possibility of suffering one weekly in 2014.

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Report: NFL personnel viewed Ray Rice video in April

An anonymous law enforcement official tells the AP that he sent the Ray Rice elevator video to the NFL in April:

The official played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: "You're right. It's terrible."

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Drug policy vote tabled; Broncos may have cleared spot for Wes Welker

The NFLPA's 32 team reps did not vote on the latest drug policy proposal on Tuesday, as they'd been expected to.

Among the sticking points is the league's desire to suspend players for DUI arrests, before they've been convicted of the crime.

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Julius Thomas named AFC Offensive POW

For the first time in his career, Julius Thomas has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Thomas caught seven passes for 104 yards and three touchdowns to key Denver's 31-24 win over Indy.

Broncos players earned the award five times in 2013 (Peyton Manning three times, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker once each).

Broncos waive Nathan Palmer, lose Gerell Robinson to Browns

On Tuesday, Denver waived wideout Nathan Palmer, who had been promoted from the practice squad following Wes Welker's suspension.

Oddly, no corresponding roster addition has been announced, so that would leave a vacancy on the active 53-man roster.

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Chiefs replace DeVito with Kevin Vickerson

Having lost two defensive starters in linebacker Derrick Johnson and end Mike DeVito, the Chiefs signed former Broncos defensive end Kevin Vickerson on Monday night.

Big Vick was among Denver's final cuts; the two teams will face off at SAF@MH on Sunday afternoon.