SAN DIEGO -- A few takeaways from the San Diego Chargers' locker room after the team's 30-21 victory against the Seattle Seahawks:
  • Keenan Allen discussed going against Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman on Sunday. The Green Bay Packers did not throw to Sherman’s side in Seattle’s season-opening victory. However, the Chargers did not avoid Sherman, throwing to his side a handful of times with Allen matched up against the Pro Bowl cornerback. Allen finished with five catches for 55 yards. The Chargers completed five catches for 60 yards to Sherman’s side. “We took some shots at him,” Allen said. “We won. We were able to convert whenever we wanted to.”
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  • Antonio Gates talked about facing single coverage for most of the game against the Seahawks, a favorable matchup for the 34-year-old tight end. “The Legion of Boom is what I’ve been hearing about all week,” Gates said. “Obviously, they believe in their skills to cover. It was a situation where fortunately I was matched up on linebackers at times, and I was able to come away with the win, and Philip Rivers was able to put the ball basically where no other player could get it.”
  • Rivers was emotional talking about teammate Nick Hardwick not being on the field against the Seahawks on Sunday. The 11-year veteran center was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a neck injury this week. The injury could mean the end of Hardwick’s career. Rivers paid tribute to Hardwick by wearing his No. 61 on the back of his helmet. “I thought about him quite a bit out there today,” Rivers said. “Especially pregame and the national anthem, thinking he may not be back out there again. He may not put on that helmet again with that No. 61 sticker.”
  • Reserve center Rich Ohrnberger was solid playing in place of Hardwick. He also helped take down a fan who had made his way onto the field in the second half, chest-bumping the fan onto the ground so security could subdue him. “He just started grabbing onto someone, and that’s when it crosses the line,” Ohrnberger said. “So huddle-bouncer/center, the more you can do is my philosophy. So we got him on the ground, and security did a great job.”

 

John Fox: 'There are no cupcakes'

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DENVER – Observed and heard in the Broncos' locker room after their win 24-17 over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday:
  • The Broncos were left to explain what was on, at least some levels, an unsightly win. And while the scrappy, not-so-pretty wins were celebrated before Peyton Manning signed, the Broncos 11-penalty day where the Chiefs ran 29 more plays on offense than Denver did was not. It was enough to get coach John Fox’s hackles up . “We’re not going to win every game 58 to nothing,’’ Fox said. Fox later added: “There are no cupcakes, there never will be. They’re all tough and you feel good about all of [the wins].’’
  • The Broncos' defensive players all say they love the crowd noise, the thunder of stomping feet by those in the seats for their home games. But Sunday the Broncos struggled in their own stadium at times. The Broncos' defense had four offside penalties, including one by defensive end Quanterus Smith that negated what would have been a game-clinching interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. “They had a really good snap count,’’ defensive end DeMarcus Ware said. “There’s no excuse, it’s watching the ball. But when you have a lot of movement before the snap of the ball, you get a little antsy.’’
  • The Broncos' defense has made a play on fourth down in the closing minutes to preserve a seven-point victory in each of the first two games. Last week it was rookie cornerback Bradley Roby knocking a pass away from Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne and this week it was defensive tackle Terrance Knighton knocking down a pass on fourth down with 15 seconds to play. “We just got to end the game there,’’ cornerback Aqib Talib said. “We saw the clock, we saw the down and distance, defense just had to end that game. We like being on field last.’’
  • The Broncos came out of the game with two injuries -- to linebackers Lerentee McCray and Von Miller. Initially McCray’s looks to be more serious. He was taken to the locker room in the first quarter with a right knee injury and did not return. McCray will have an MRI on Monday, but after the preliminary exam there was some concern he could miss some time. Miller, who was not in the game during the Chiefs’ final drive, will be evaluated more on Monday as well.
DENVER -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Kansas City Chiefs' 24-17 loss to the Denver Broncos:

Santos to stay: Coach Andy Reid said the Chiefs would stay with struggling rookie kicker Cairo Santos. He missed a 37-yard field-goal attempt in the third quarter to end a 10-minute drive. Santos also missed an attempt in last week's game. The Chiefs released a steady veteran, Ryan Succop, to go with Santos, who wasn't drafted.

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It was their turn: The Chiefs failed to get a point on two of their trips inside the Denver 5. But running back Knile Davis said after the Chiefs also scored twice in those situations, it was the Broncos' turn to win. "The defense wins sometimes, too," he said.

Missing Charles: Quarterback Alex Smith acknowledged the loss of running back Jamaal Charles hurt the Chiefs the most on those trips inside the Denver 5. "Everything is magnified down there," he said.
OAKLAND -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Oakland Raiders' 30-14 loss to the Houston Texans:
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  • Safety Charles Woodson didn’t mince words Sunday after the lopsided loss in the home opener: “We suck. … I’m embarrassed.”
  • The locker room was a very quiet place after the game. The Raiders are concerned about their terrible play in the first two games. Last week, the Raiders were positive after a loss at the New York Jets. There wasn’t much of a happy spin after this game.
  • Coach Dennis Allen was very direct. He said his team needs to get better in a hurry. Allen and players were not happy with the run defense. The Raiders gave up 188 yards on the ground Sunday after giving up 212 yards on the ground last week.
  • Allen said linebacker Sio Moore has an ankle injury and X-rays were negative. Receiver Rod Streater has a hip flexor injury.

Rapid Reaction: Kansas City Chiefs

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DENVER -- A few thoughts on the Kansas City Chiefs' 24-17 loss to the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field:

What it means: As opposed to last week's loss to Tennessee, the Chiefs have no reason to be disheartened by this defeat. The Chiefs lost three starters for the season last week because of injuries and played most of this one without running Jamaal Charles and safety Eric Berry. Each left the game in the first half with an ankle injury and didn't return. The Chiefs still showed signs of life that were well-hidden last week, particularly on offense. At 0-2, the Chiefs have to find a way to regroup in time for next week's game at Miami.

Stock watch: Rookie kicker Cairo Santos had his second straight shaky game. He missed a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter that would have pulled the Chiefs to within a touchdown. Cornerback Marcus Cooper, a frequent victim of Denver quarterback Peyton Manning last season, was burned on a 48-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders on the game's first play from scrimmage to set up the Broncos' first touchdown. Knile Davis did a nice job of filling in for Charles in the running game but he's still a liability when he's in the game on passing plays.

More injuries: The Chiefs' lineup was patched together at many spots. Berry was replaced by Ron Parker, who spent most of training camp as a cornerback. Davis is far from the versatile back the Chiefs need in their offensive system. They already had to dig deep to fill their lineup on the offensive line and at inside linebacker. Depth was a concern heading into training camp and it's evident those worries were valid.

Game ball: Quarterback Alex Smith was under heavy pressure all day but played well enough to keep the Chiefs alive. His running ability was also a key in the first half when he had some runs that kept drives alive.

What's next: The Chiefs head to Miami for a game against the 1-1 Dolphins at 4:25 p.m. ET next week.

Rapid Reaction: Oakland Raiders

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OAKLAND -- A few thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' 30-14 loss to the Houston Texans.

What it means: The Raiders fell to 0-2 and looked awful. This team was lacking in essentially every area a football team can be lacking. The Texans are an average team and they steamrolled Oakland. The Raiders did not play well in a 19-14 loss at the New York Jets last week. But they regressed big time in what was considered a winnable game at home. Expect to hear more and more rumblings about the job security of coach Dennis Allen. Owner Mark Davis is on the record saying he is tired of stinkers. This was just a horrible way to start the home slate.

Stock Watch: The defense is trending way down. The unit wasn’t terrible against the Jets and made some big plays to keep the Raiders in that game. That wasn’t the case against the Texans. Houston dominated in the run and pass game.

Raiders get sloppy: The silver lining of last week’s was the Raiders were penalized just four times and didn’t commit a turnover. They played clean. That was not the case Sunday. The Raiders had four turnovers (all of them ugly) and committed five penalties. This team is not talented enough to overcome those types of mistakes.

Game ball: It’s tough to give a game ball after a performance like this, but I’m going with quarterback Derek Carr. Yes, he made some mistakes. But as was the case last week, Carr was not the reason why the Raiders lost this game. The NFL does not look too big for this kid.

What’s next: It does not get easier for the Raiders. They have to go to New England next week and then directly to London for a “home game” against Miami. The Raiders will not be back in Oakland for four weeks. The question is will Allen be on the sideline when they return?

Rapid Reaction: San Diego Chargers

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videoSAN DIEGO -- A few thoughts on the San Diego Chargers' surprising 30-21 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the team’s home opener.

What it means: The Chargers avoid going 0-2 with an impressive win over the defending Super Bowl champs. San Diego showed some resiliency, leading for a second straight game heading into the fourth quarter. The Chargers gave up an 11-point lead in an opening-season loss to Arizona, but managed to hold onto a 27-21 advantage heading into the fourth quarter against the Seahawks.

Stock watch: Antonio Gates, the 34-year-old tight end, showed that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank. Gates scorched Seattle’s "Legion of Boom" defense with seven receptions for 96 yards, tying a career high with three touchdown catches.

Chargers controlled tempo: San Diego’s offense controlled the tempo of the game by dominating time of possession, holding a 31:08 to 13:52 advantage over Seattle through three quarters.

Defense throttles Seattle run game: The Seahawks ran for 207 yards in the team’s season-opening win against Green Bay. However, San Diego’s defense held the Seahawks to 108 rushing yards on just 13 carries.

Qualcomm crowd brings it: With a large contingent of Seahawks’ fans making the trek from the Pacific Northwest, San Diego fans were loud and proud at Qualcomm Stadium, giving the Chargers a distinct home-field advantage for the first home game of the season.

Game ball: Philip Rivers rebounded from a poor performance in the season opener against Arizona, shredding one of the best pass defenses in the NFL. Rivers finished 28-of-37 for 284 yards, throwing three touchdowns to Gates and finishing without an interception. Rivers also ran 11 times for 17 yards, including a long of 12 yards.

What’s next: The Chargers travel to the East Coast to take on the Buffalo Bills in a Week 3 contest on Sunday, 1 p.m. ET.
OAKLAND -- As expected, the Oakland Raiders will be without two starters Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew and middle linebacker Nick Roach are inactive for the game. Both players were listed as questionable on the injury report, but appeared unlikely during the week that they would be able to play. Jones-Drew has a hand injury and Roach suffered a concussion Aug. 22 at Green Bay and has not been cleared to play.

Miles Burris will continue to play for Roach, who played every defensive snap for Oakland last season. Burris had 12 tackles in a 19-14 loss at the New York Jets.

Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray will play for Jones-Drew, who had just 11 yards on nine carries last week.

W2W4: Seahawks at Chargers

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SAN DIEGO -- Can the San Diego Chargers hang tough against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Sunday?

Really, that’s the one question anybody interested in this Week 2 matchup wants to know. The Chargers, of course, are 0-1 and looking to get to .500 in the team’s home opener. Meanwhile, Seattle is coming off an easy win in the Seahawks’ home opener against the Green Bay Packers.

It will be a hot one, with temperatures nearing 100 degrees at game time, so conditioning could be an issue at Qualcomm Stadium. But ultimately, I think the team that is more effective running the football will win Sunday, and the arrow points to Seattle in that category.

One stat working in San Diego’s favor is this: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there have been 10 games since 2010 in which one team played Thursday night the prior week and the other team played Monday night the prior week. The team that played Monday night in the previous week is 6-4 in those games.

However, the Seahawks have won five of their last six games at Qualcomm Stadium.

Here are five things to watch for in San Diego’s matchup with Seattle.

Control the line of scrimmage: If you want to beat Seattle, or any team for that matter, you have to win the battle in the trenches. And that means holding Marshawn Lynch to less than 100 yards defensively and running for more than 100 yards as a team offensively. The Seahawks finished 12-1 in games in which they ran the ball at least 25 times last season. Seattle is 2-14 under head coach Pete Carroll when rushing 22 or fewer times.

Start fast: The Chargers need to get off to a fast start and grab a lead, making that ball-controlled Seattle offense get out of its comfort zone. If Russell Wilson has to throw 35 to 40 times, that’s a good sign for San Diego’s defense.

Get Gates and Green going: One matchup San Diego could look to get to is tight ends Ladarius Green and Antonio Gates in the middle of the field against the second level of Seattle’s defense. According to ESPN Stats & Info, since the start of the 2013 season the Chargers have run the fifth-most snaps in the NFL out of two-tight-end sets. We know what the Legion of Boom can do in the secondary, but perhaps Philip Rivers can get something going with some quick passes in the middle of the field to loosen up that Seattle defense.

Tackle: Yes, it’s a simple concept. But when you are facing playmakers like Percy Harvin, Lynch and Wilson, the Chargers have to get guys down on the ground and be relentless in pursuit of the ball carrier.

It’s all about the ball: Carroll’s Seahawks are 27-4 when they win the turnover battle. The Chargers did a nice job creating turnovers in the team’s season opener at Arizona, finishing with two turnovers and a blocked punt. That effort needs to continue in order for San Diego to have a chance Sunday.
SAN DIEGO -- D.J. Fluker stayed after practice Friday to work with the rest of the offensive line on picking up blitzes and stunts as the San Diego Chargers prepare to face the Seattle Seahawks, who have one of the best defensive fronts in the NFL.

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Fluker had his hands full against Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril in a preseason contest in Seattle last month.

According to Pro Football Focus, Fluker allowed four hurries -- three to Avril and one to O'Brien Schofield -- in 15 pass rushes in the first half. Fluker also was flagged for a false start.

However, since that game Fluker has been improved in pass protection. He did not allow a pressure in the third preseason game against San Francisco’s Ahmad Brooks, and in San Diego’s season opener at Arizona, according to Pro Football Focus, Fluker was one of two right tackles in the NFL to not allow a single pressure in 35 pass-block snaps.

Fluker said the difference for him has been more repetitions working on pass protection in practice and games, along with staying patient. Against Avril, Fluker said he was too aggressive in his pass sets, getting caught off balance because he was lunging forward trying to get to him early in the rush.

"If you let them come to you, it’s easier, so you just have to be patient," Fluker said. "He’s got to come to you if he wants the quarterback. So if you set patiently, they come to you every time.

"It’s not about being in panic mode," Fluker added. "It’s about me being coachable, being disciplined and taking the correct sets."

Fluker said he looks forward to going against Avril or whoever Seattle puts on his side Sunday.

"I know he’s fast," Fluker said about Avril. "I know he’s been in the league six or seven years, so he’s in his prime. So I know he’s going to be ready to play. But it’s not really about that. It’s about me playing my game, being patient and waiting for him to come to me -- because he’s got to come to me at some point if he wants that sack."

W2W4: Broncos Week 2

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Cornerback Chris Harris is just seven months removed from ACL surgery, so the team's Week 1 victory over the Indianapolis Colts had a work-in-progress feel for him.

"I know in the first game I wasn’t quite where I want to be with my stamina and things like that, but my knee feels great, when I was in there I felt like I showed I can play the game how I want to play it," said Harris. "But I wasn't all the way where I want to be, but I'll get there. We got the win, that’s all we’re concerned about. We’ll fix what we need to fix after wins, that’s what we want."

That is true for the Broncos as a whole. They weren’t quite where they want to be in the victory over Colts, but they won.

And as they head to a Week 2 game against the Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) Sunday, here are some things to keep an eye on:

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    Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesExpect to see Demaryius Thomas get more opportunities against the Chiefs than he got in Week 1.
    Demaryius Thomas had just four receptions for 48 yards in the season opener, but those numbers figure to go up this week, especially if Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton sticks to what he did last season against Thomas. Sutton didn’t match a cornerback on Thomas, so when the Broncos moved Thomas around in the formation, they could usually get the matchup they wanted, often getting Thomas on Marcus Cooper in last season’s two meetings. As a result Thomas had two 100-yard games against the Chiefs and averaged 28.5 yards per catch in those two games. Cooper, who missed last week’s game with an injury, is expected back in the lineup Sunday.
  • Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles had just 11 touches in the opener, including just seven carries. The Broncos should, and do, expect Charles to get many more opportunities Sunday. There was a time, during his tenure in Philadelphia, when Chiefs head coach Andy Reid took some heat for leaving the run game behind in his play calling. Things got away from the Chiefs offense a bit in the loss to the Titans Sunday -- the Titans led 10-3 at half, 20-3 just before the end of the third quarter -- but the Chiefs ran the ball just 17 times in the game. The Chiefs had just two running plays in the third quarter. "We know Jamaal Charles is one of the best," Harris said. "We know they want to get him the ball."
  • The Chiefs have just one offensive lineman -- center Rodney Hudson -- who is starting in the same position for the team that he played last season. And the group looked out of sorts at times in the opening-week loss to the Titans. As a result the Broncos figure to get a steady diet of quick-hit plays as the Chiefs try to adjust. Reid has an extensive screen game in the offense and the Chiefs run many of those screens, to either side of the field, to a variety of players, when they all look the same at the start of the play. The Broncos' linebackers will have to be disciplined in their pursuit.
  • Sutton will offer plenty of unorthodox looks in the pass rush, often dropping safety Eric Berry into the mix with a delayed rush in the middle of the formation. The Colts had some success sending a rusher from off the ball late into the middle of the formation. The Broncos were slow to adjust at times and there were times Colts defenders got a free run at quarterback Peyton Manning.
  • The Broncos figure to test the Chiefs defense on the inside, particularly in the run game. Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive tackle Mike DeVito will miss the remainder of the season with Achilles tendon injuries and that is a significant amount of production out of the team’s defense, particularly on early downs when Johnson was the keystone of the team’s run fits and DeVito was in the rotation. The Broncos figure to pound away a bit to see how the Chiefs respond, both out of their two-tight-end or three-wide-receiver looks.
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Officially, Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew is listed as questionable to play Sunday against the Houston Texans with an injured hand. However, at this point, it would be considered a surprise if he plays.

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That means Latavius Murray will get this chance. This is an opportunity for another young Oakland player to show he deserves more playing time. Murray – a sixth-round pick last year who was on the injured reserve with a foot injury – is poised to get this first NFL carries. If Jones-Drew doesn’t play, Murray will backup veteran Darren McFadden, who would start.

The 6-foot-3, 228-pound Murray is the team’s kick returner and the team is intrigued by him because of his preseason work. He ran with solid authority. Oakland coach Dennis Allen said is comfortable with Murray playing in the regular season.

“I thought he had a good preseason,” Allen said. “I feel good about him if he’s called on.”

ESPN analyst Matt Williamson thinks the time is right for Murray to get a chance. The Raiders had just 25 yards rushing in a 19-14 loss at the New York Jets on Sunday.

“I would assume they see Murray as the RB of the future and I think it would be wise to get him more and more involved,” Williamson said. “He isn’t a real refined runner, but he is very big and very fast for such a big RB. He needs reps.”

Unless Jones-Drew makes a fast recovery, Murray should get those repetitions Sunday.
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders gave Taiwan Jones a three-year extension this offseason, making him one of the game’s highest-paid special-teams players.

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Now they will have to wait until next season to get dividends. Jones, listed as a cornerback, is being put on season-ending injured reserve with a foot injury. Initially, the team did not think the injured reserve would be necessary. Jones was hurt Sunday at a loss at the New York Jets. The team is expected to promote Bojay Filiomeatu from the practice squad. It would give the Raiders six linebackers.

The Raiders might need him Sunday. Middle linebacker Nick Roach is listed as questionable. He hasn’t played since he suffered a concussion at Green Bay on Aug. 22. He has yet to been cleared for contact Miles Burris started for Roach and had 12 tackles against the Jets.

Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa was listed as probable on the injury report. He has missed several weeks with a foot injury. He is poised to be the No. 3 cornerback.
SAN DIEGO – Cornerback Brandon Flowers was a limited participant in practice Thursday and did not practice for the San Diego Chargers on Friday because of groin injury. He is listed as questionable for Sunday’s contest against the Seattle Seahawks.

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Flowers said he’s preparing for Sunday as if he’ll play, but ultimately that decision will be left up to Chargers head coach Mike McCoy and the team’s training staff. The 28-year-old cornerback played well in his regular-season debut for the Chargers, finishing with seven tackles and playing all 70 defensive snaps.

“Everybody gets their bumps and bruises out here,” Flowers said. “I'm preparing like I'm going to play Sunday and we'll see when we get to the game.”

There had been concerns about Flowers’ injury history when the Chargers signed him to a one-year, $3 million deal over the summer.

During the 2013 season with the Chiefs, Flowers played with a knee injury but still made the Pro Bowl. Flowers also missed a portion of training camp this year and the first preseason game against Dallas with an undisclosed leg injury.

If Flowers can’t play, Jason Verrett likely would make his first career start at cornerback. A first-round draft choice for the Chargers in May, the former TCU player was impressive in his first regular-season action, finishing with four tackles and a pass breakup in 43 plays against Arizona.

“We saw what kind of player he’s going to be,” Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said about Verrett. “He’s still young. He’s still learning certain things. He works extremely hard. He had a great offseason and does a nice job. We took him where we did for a reason.”

Verrett rotated into the game in obvious passing situations, with Flowers moving inside to work as the slot defender. But again, if Flowers is not available, the Chargers could look at playing strong safety Marcus Gilchrist, or reserve cornerbacks Richard Marshall or Steve Williams as the slot defender in obvious passing situations.

Along with Flowers, outside linebacker Melvin Ingram is questionable with a hamstring injury.

Safety Jahleel Addae (hamstring) and cornerback Chris Davis (ankle) did not practice all week and have been ruled out.

After missing Thursday’s practice to rest a lingering hamstring injury, tight end Antonio Gates was a full participant in practice on Friday and is probable for Sunday’s game.

Defensive end Corey Liuget (ankle), defensive tackle Sean Lissemore (ankle), tackle D.J. Fluker (ankle/knee), and receiver Keenan Allen (ribs) all were full participants on Friday and are listed as probable.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – With a conference call for NFL Players Association player representatives scheduled for Friday, the Denver Broncos were positioned to quickly add wide receiver Wes Welker to the active roster if a new drug policy is approved.

The Broncos have carried 52 players on the roster through the week, and if the new drug policy is approved by the league and the NFLPA, the Broncos would be able to add Welker from reserve/suspended to their 53-player roster without any corresponding roster move.

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“They’ll work that out at which time, if there’s any kind of decision, we’ll accept Wes back, whenever that is," Broncos head coach John Fox said following Friday’s practice.

Welker was suspended for four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs and served the first game of the suspension Sunday. However, Broncos officials and players believe a new policy would change the criteria of Welker’s suspension and allow for the reinstatement of Welker and several others players in the league.

Welker was limited in practice at the time of his suspension because of a concussion he suffered in the Aug. 23 preseason game against the Houston Texans. But Welker was cleared medically by an independent physician, per the league's concussion protocol, so the veteran receiver could play if the new policy is in place and the Broncos choose to use him in the lineup Sunday against the Chiefs. He hasn't practiced in the last two weeks.

Earlier this week, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said he had been in contact with Welker and said: “I know he’s champing at the bit to get back. I know he’s here in town; obviously it would be great to get him back. We’ll just see how the process, see how it all shakes out."

Welker's suspension for amphetamines falls under the league’s current policy for performance-enhancing drugs. Under the guidelines for PEDs, players are suspended for the first flagged positive test. Team officials believe that in the proposed new drug policy, those stimulants would be characterized under the league’s policy for substance abuse.

Under those guidelines, a player enters the treatment program with the first positive test, a program that includes meeting with counselors and increased testing. It takes multiple positive tests under the substance-abuse policy before the suspension phase is reached.

Welker, who could not attend meetings or work out at the Broncos complex under the guidelines of a PED suspension, is currently eligible for reinstatement to return to the team on Monday, Oct. 6.

Asked Friday how Welker, who has been in the Denver area of late, had been spending his time, or if the wide receiver had been training, Fox said; “I have no idea because I have had no communication."

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