The NFLPA voted to approve the NFL's new drug policy on Friday night, but last-minute "unresolved issues" have delayed the reinstatement of suspended players like Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker and Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick, according to multiple media reports.
NFL confirms still no drug policy agreement. Deadline has come and gone to activate players for Sunday. So Welker, Scandrick, etc. wait.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 13, 2014
It's past 2 p.m. and Wes Welker is not on the Broncos' 53 man roster. He won't play tomorrow against Chiefs.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) September 13, 2014
Those issues dragged on Friday night and past the Saturday 4 p.m. EDT deadline for the Broncos and Cowboys to activate Welker and Scandrick tn their rosters. Scandrick will miss Dallas' game at the Tennessee Titans, while Welker will miss Denver's game at home vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.
Welker was already dealing with a concussion that was putting his Week 1 availability in jeopardy before it came out that he tested positive for molly. He did not participate in practices last week for the Broncos after suffering the concussion Aug. 23 against Houston. It was Welker's third concussion in 10 months.
As for Scandrick, he won the starting CB job last year when Morris Claiborne was injured during the preseason and performed well. Speaking of Claiborne, he missed the preseason opener due to tendinitis in his right knee, and Scandrick was potentially going to start over him again. He too tested positive for molly.