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Broncos: Welker was first checked for neck, not concussion

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Many questions were raised when Broncos receiver Wes Welker left Sunday’s win over the Chiefs in the fourth quarter, returned to the game, and was later announced as having suffered a concussion.

But the Broncos said Tuesday, via Mike Klis of the Denver Post, that Welker was being diagnosed for a neck injury during his first trip to the sidelines, and “no concussion symptoms were apparent at that time.”

He went back into the game and caught a pass, but when he returned to the sidelines, he began to experience concussion-like symptoms. That’s when the Broncos doctors began following the league’s mandated concussion protocol.

Now, he’ll have to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he’s able to return for Sunday night’s game with the Patriots, taking the decision out of the hands of the doctors that allowed him back on the field in the first place.

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38 Responses to “Broncos: Welker was first checked for neck, not concussion”
  1. shaggymarrs says: Nov 20, 2013 8:18 AM

    Damn…

  2. skoobyfl says: Nov 20, 2013 8:21 AM

    Medical denial of a misdiagnosis.

  3. sc711 says: Nov 20, 2013 8:33 AM

    A concussion is progressive, with chemical processes that actually hit their worst at day 5, and for most return to normal at day 10.
    I can absolutely see how this happened, Welker was probably in the throws of a mild concussion which took several minutes until the calcium and potassium hit altering levels.
    The huge problem is a second hit, these are the ones that can leave permanent damage, I do advocate waiting a bit longer on certain shots before sending a guy back in, retest is your friend.
    We really need bigger rosters people.

  4. joetoronto says: Nov 20, 2013 8:41 AM

    There’s been a lot more neck injuries lately.

  5. fnf417 says: Nov 20, 2013 8:58 AM

    I think they will be alright without him against NE

  6. marima07 says: Nov 20, 2013 9:04 AM

    Right, because Welker being knocked unconscious was in no way a clue to check him out.

    Good thing everyone is soooo concerned about player safety.

  7. bspurloc says: Nov 20, 2013 9:05 AM

    aka they bellichecked

  8. flash1283 says: Nov 20, 2013 9:06 AM

    fnf417 says: Nov 20, 2013 8:58 AM

    I think they will be alright without him against NE

    Really and Denver D is something great?
    Brady just passed for 296 yrd at one point completed 13 passes in a row vs the top D in the nfl what do you think he is going to do to that sorry D.

    Hell Alex Smith would have easily passed for over 300 if not for wide open WR dropping the ball and he still went for 250.

    This will be only the second game NE has all there weapons back. Brady will shred he Denver D just like he did last season and the year before. Oatriots win.

  9. heisthejuan says: Nov 20, 2013 9:23 AM

    Not sure Welker would do much against the Pats anyway. They know everything he can do and better than most what he can’t. Regardless, hope he gets well soon.

  10. jlb10 says: Nov 20, 2013 9:46 AM

    what no outrage and calling for a nfl investigation of the team and its medical staff? that is what you did when pryor went back into a game with a concussion earlier in the year

  11. jjackwagon says: Nov 20, 2013 9:55 AM

    Pats will beat the Broncos like a drum.

  12. remok9 says: Nov 20, 2013 10:01 AM

    Neck???It was pretty obvious Welker was ko’d even if it was just a flash knock out.

  13. 7pints says: Nov 20, 2013 10:03 AM

    jjackwagon says:
    Nov 20, 2013 9:55 AM

    Pats will beat the Broncos like a drum.
    ————————————————————–
    Are you slightly bitter, Chief fan? Lol

  14. jelway7 says: Nov 20, 2013 10:08 AM

    U Patriots fans r a joke! The only way the Pats make the playoffs is cuz ur division SUCKS!!!!! And Btw the Broncos D will dominate that weak offense. Broncos win and win big!!!

  15. listenup823 says: Nov 20, 2013 10:39 AM

    How did all the Pats weapons being back work out in Carolina? Broncos 42, Brady 21

  16. ilovecostcobut says: Nov 20, 2013 10:53 AM


    Nov 20, 2013 9:04 AM
    Right, because Welker being knocked unconscious was in no way a clue to check him out.

    Good thing everyone is soooo concerned about player safety.

    DIDJA HEAR THAT, SHANNY?

    ‘CAUSE YOU AND THAT LITTLE BOY OF YOURS WERE THE ONLY ONES THAT DIDN’T KNOW BOB GRIFFIN III WAS HURT.

  17. 3taintedchampionships2biglosses says: Nov 20, 2013 10:55 AM

    Although 98% of the country will be pulling for the Broncos, I fear the NFL and refs will be out to “make up” for the Carolina mess. Watch for some suspect calls in the last 5 minutes (see saints v. cheats in week 6).

  18. flash1283 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:04 AM

    listenup823 says: Nov 20, 2013 10:39 AM

    How did all the Pats weapons being back work out in Carolina? Broncos 42, Brady 21

    Again they put up 400 yards on that D, guess what the Denver D isn’t very good!

    Carolina came into that game 4th in the NFL vs the pass, Brady was 29-40 for 296 at one point was 24-29 completed 13 in a row

    Denver’s D is 28th in the NFL in passing, allowing 289 per game. They have a small D pretty much the same D as last season when Brady had his way with them and he did it last year also without Hernandez.

    Anyone who thinks Denver is going to go to NE and blow them out is crazy. Its going to be about 20 degrees and windy and we all know how MEGA head plays in the cold!

  19. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:24 AM

    He went back into the game and caught a pass, but when he returned to the sidelines, he began to experience concussion-like symptoms.
    _____________________________

    The league attorneys won’t even let them use the word concussion, they have to say “concussion-like symptoms”.

    The National Attorney Ball League in action.

  20. buckshowalter says: Nov 20, 2013 11:27 AM

    The Patriots own Manning and their offense is certainly not “weak.” Everyone on that side of the ball is back healthy, ready to go. Look for a shoot out gentleman.

  21. dodohead418 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:30 AM

    Brady has no WRs though and a injury ridden Def.

  22. cornerstone2001 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:40 AM

    The closer Manning gets to the playoffs the more he chokes……

  23. tigerlilac says: Nov 20, 2013 11:46 AM

    While playing high school hockey I was tripped from behind on a breakaway and slammed my head into the ice when I fell. The fall resulted in a concussion and the symptoms got worse as the night progressed, including double vision. The coach drove me home, not to a hospital. It was scary. The severity of these things can vary but no one should come back and play the following Sunday.

  24. jnbnet says: Nov 20, 2013 11:52 AM

    jelway7 says:
    Nov 20, 2013 10:08 AM
    U Patriots fans r a joke! The only way the Pats make the playoffs is cuz ur division SUCKS!!!!! And Btw the Broncos D will dominate that weak offense. Broncos win and win big!!!

    ===========================
    I guess it is too much work for you to actually look at the standings before posting. The AFC east is the third (3rd) toughest division. They follow the AFC west and the NFC west who are tied for first (1st). I guess you can’t do the math so I’ll spell it out for you. There are five (5) divisions worse than the AFC east.

  25. listenup823 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:54 AM

    Flash1283… Yes, yes we all know how great Brady is.. Hope you’re not basing the whole season on one game.. Which you lost.. to Carolina! Nevermind that Denver has won 21 out of their last 23 regular season games.. One thing we can all bank on tho is Brady whining and crying if he loses!

  26. flash1283 says: Nov 20, 2013 12:07 PM

    listenup823 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:54 AM

    Flash1283… Yes, yes we all know how great Brady is.. Hope you’re not basing the whole season on one game.. Which you lost.. to Carolina! Nevermind that Denver has won 21 out of their last 23 regular season games.. One thing we can all bank on tho is Brady whining and crying if he loses!
    -

    Just like we can bank on Manning throwing someone on his team under the bus if he loses!

  27. jelway7 says: Nov 20, 2013 12:09 PM

    jnbnet im not talking about the standings. The quality of teams in the east are bad and u know it. That should be 6 wins a year alone for the Pats and they cant get that done. Btw my math is fine. Broncos + Pats = more tears for Brady

  28. flash1283 says: Nov 20, 2013 12:13 PM

    And here is 1 more for you,

    Tom Brady vs a Jack Del Rio defense.
    6 games 137-185 74.1% 1,430 yards 14 TD 0 int 121.2 passer rating.

  29. bobsnygiants says: Nov 20, 2013 12:38 PM

    THATS WHATS WRONG WITH THE N.F.L

  30. jjackwagon says: Nov 20, 2013 12:48 PM

    7pints says:
    Nov 20, 2013 10:03 AM
    jjackwagon says:
    Nov 20, 2013 9:55 AM

    Pats will beat the Broncos like a drum.
    ————————————————————–
    Are you slightly bitter, Chief fan? Lol

    —————————————–
    Nope, that game went just as I predicted it would. Chiefs D would hold Peyton to less than 30 and the Chiefs would still lose. Just trying to prepare Donkey fans for their first back-to-back losses of the season.

  31. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 20, 2013 12:52 PM

    No welker will definitely have an effect on the offense. He creates more headaches for defenses than most receivers. I still can’t believe the patriots didn’t resign this guy. Has to be one of the dumbest moves ever by a franchise. Welker keeps drives going. He keeps the offense on the field.

    But I still believe the key to beating the broncos is stopping Moreno. The chiefs kind of did that last week. Broncos didn’t score a lot of points for what they are used to.

    Patriots are so up and down on offense these days. I don’t really know what to expect from them.

  32. kastout11 says: Nov 20, 2013 1:11 PM

    I could care less whether they need him against the Patriots to win or whether people need him for their fantasy team. The important thing is that he recovers and returns when he is symptom free. They need Welker for the playoffs and possible Super Bowl, not a midseason non-divisional game against the Patriots, although the game will have playoff implications. The guy has taken as many big hits as anyone I have seen since Don Beebe and Steve Tasker. As a Welker fan, I just hope he is ok.

  33. stealthjunk says: Nov 20, 2013 1:33 PM

    If he was truly concussed on the play, then it’s quite impressive he was able to recover his own fumble and fight for the ball at the bottom of a huge pile against men much bigger than him. So it’s easy to believe that he was not yet displaying concussion symptoms when the trainers came over.

  34. wolfmanpatriot says: Nov 20, 2013 1:33 PM

    I hope West misses this game and he should for safety sake.
    After that, I wish him full recovery and longevity in the game. The guy is a mini beast.

  35. surfinbird1 says: Nov 20, 2013 1:58 PM

    Horse face got the team a Dr. Kevorkian on the cheap.

  36. sullijo1 says: Nov 20, 2013 1:59 PM

    Lawyers are ruining the NFL.

  37. frostymugobeer says: Nov 20, 2013 2:52 PM

    the Broncos are a better team than the Pats……….that is all !

  38. cursindaily says: Nov 20, 2013 3:58 PM

    He was momentarily unconscious on the field after the hit. I saw it immediately in real time.

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