Wes Welker WR DEN 17 Days
The Denver Post reports Wes Welker was initially allowed to play through his concussion in Sunday's win because the Broncos believed he had a neck injury, and didn't notice any signs of a possible concussion until a series later.
The Broncos are taking heat for letting Welker check back in after getting concussed, but apparently didn't notice any symptoms during his initial evaluation. It's a bit hard to believe in this era of heightened concussion sensitivity, but far from impossible. Welker should be considered 50-50 for Sunday's showdown with the Patriots. His status will be updated no later than Wednesday.
Wes Welker WR DEN 17 Days
Sources tell ESPN's Chris Mortensen that Wes Welker (concussion) is "expected to be OK."
We're not sure if Mort's sources are referring to Welker's health in general, or his status for Sunday night's showdown with the Patriots. The slot machine was scheduled to undergo his initial baseline testing on Monday. If he passed that, he'll be on track to return to a full practice Friday and suit up against his former teammates. We'll know more on Welker when the Broncos return to practice Wednesday.
Wes Welker WR DEN 19 Days
Wes Welker was forced from Sunday night's Week 11 game against the Chiefs and is being evaluated for a concussion.
Welker took a helmet-to-helmet hit on a 20-yard catch in the fourth quarter and wasn't able to finish the game after briefly returning. He finished with eight catches for 72 yards on 10 targets, but was held out of the end-zone for the second straight week. Welker will have 11 days to get cleared for a matchup with the Patriots in Week 12.
Wes Welker WR DEN 26 Days
Wes Welker caught just three passes for 21 yards in Denver's Week 10 win over the Chargers.
The catches were Welker's fewest since Week 2, while the yards were a season low. It was just the second time in nine games that Welker was held out of the end zone, though also the second time in three games. With Welker's unsustainable touchdown rate finally slowing, it's possible, if not likely, he'll be more WR2 than WR1 down the stretch, but he remains an every-week starter.
Wes Welker WR DEN 1 Month
Wes Welker caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown in Denver's Week 8 rout of the Redskins.
Welker's first-quarter score was his league-leading ninth of the season, and equalled his previous career-high total from 2011. Welker has now scored in seven of eight games. He also committed a drop and was the intended target on one of Peyton Manning's three interceptions, but those are just nitpicks for a player who remains locked in as a WR1.