DENVER, Colo. – Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker is coming back to the team, after the NFL and its union reached an agreement on performance-enhancing drugs Wednesday.
Welker, an Oklahoma native, was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs or PEDs.
However, the new policy agreed upon Wednesday allows Welker to return to work.
According to ESPN, under the new policy, Welker’s positive test for amphetamines falls under the league’s policy for substance abuse.
The new policy states that if a player get a first positive test, the player would have to enter a treatment program and then have more frequent drug testings.
The player would be suspended only after multiple positive tests under the new substance-abuse policy.
Welker’s positive test was his first, so he is not suspended and is eligible to play.
ESPN reports that under the old policy and suspension, Welker couldn’t have come back to the Broncos until Oct. 6.
Orlando Scandrick of the Dallas Cowboys, and Stedman Bailey of the Rams are also eligible to return under the new agreement.