The day breaks with a bit of news, as the Broncos announced this morning that receiver Wes Welker will be eligible to play Sunday against the Seahawks. Welker is among the players whose suspensions are being ended due to the NFL’s new drug policy. Welker also has been cleared after suffering a concussion in training camp, all of which is detailed here.
Welker is expected to be practicing with Denver today:
#Broncos have officially announced Welker's reinstatement. He'll be on practice field.
— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) September 17, 2014
Welker’s return will add to an already formidable receiving corps that includes Demaryius Thomas, tight end Julius Thomas and free agent signee Emmanual Sanders. Seattle shut down those receivers in the Super Bowl, but a new year brings a new task, and the return of Welker will add to the challenge and intrigue Sunday.
Now to the 10. …
1. And we’ll start with Jayson Jenks’ story on how getting a consistent four-man pass rush from the Seahawks Sunday will be a key. Indeed, it was a total team effort in the Super Bowl, and the play up front was as critical as the play in the back end, something Seattle needs to replicate this year.
2. Pete Carroll spent part of his off day as a Starbucks barista.
3. USA Today looks at the changes each team has made since the Super Bowl.
4. SI.com’s Doug Farrar examines if there is really a blueprint for beating Richard Sherman.
5. The Denver Post examines why the Broncos have had so much trouble in the second half this season.
6. Seahawks.com says the “what-if?” factor factors in to preparations this week.
7. The Broncos are No. 1 in the latest ESPN power poll.
8. ESPN also says the game hinges on the receivers.
9. Denver cornerback Chris Harris calls the game “more important” than any other the Broncos will play this season.
10. Denver Poost Broncos mailbag answers questions about the team, including more on the team’s tepid second halves.