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.