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Welker still not ruled out for Thursday night

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Broncos receiver Wes Welker sustained a concussion on Sunday night, his second in two games.  With the team’s next game coming up on Thursday night against the Chargers, few believe he’ll play.

While Welker may not play, he hasn’t been ruled out, yet.

“Our big concern is just his health and it’s in the hands of the medical people,” coach John Fox said Tuesday, via quotes distributed by the team.  “If he’s available we’ll use him.  If not, he’ll be out.”

Fox doesn’t believe the short week necessarily requires the Broncos to shut him down.

“I’m not super educated on it but I think their protocol doesn’t take into effect the day of the game or how much time,” Fox said.  “It’s just whether they clear him and he passed the necessary test or not.”

Fox is right, but it takes time for a brain injury to heal.  When a player has two of them only three weeks apart, it’s hard to imagine the player returning after only three days off.

Still, Welker has not yet been cleared to practice.  It’s hard to envision Welker being cleared to play in only two more days.

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  1. sportsfan18 says: Dec 10, 2013 7:59 PM

    Welker is an established receiver. He is not a rookie who is barely hanging on to his roster position.

    He is not an old (yet) receiver trying to hang on in the game.

    He needs to sit out a game or two even after suffering two in two games.

    Now, even if he was a rookie or an older vet trying to hang on, he shouldn’t rush back, yet they do. Then they retire and say you didn’t tell us how bad concussions are.

    Well all players in the game right now do know.

    The Broncos offense is very good as everyone knows, they’ll probably set the record for the most points in a season and Petyon is still on pace to surpass BOTH the most passing yards in a single season as well as throwing the most TD passes in a single season.

    There is not a reason for Welker to rush back in any way shape or form for him personally or for the team due to their standing and their offense.

  2. ramitbaby says: Dec 10, 2013 8:05 PM

    Denver doesn’t need Welker to win….but my fantasy opponent does. Take the week off, Wes.

  3. surfinbird1 says: Dec 10, 2013 8:10 PM

    Shame on them for even talking about playing. Trying to turn the kid into a vegetable. Anything to pad Mannings stats. Shame.

  4. jersey73 says: Dec 10, 2013 8:12 PM

    Welker sustained the concussion on Sunday afternoon, not Sunday night.

  5. unbridledsexy says: Dec 10, 2013 8:17 PM

    Actually Manning has the same amount of TD’s as tome had after 13 games in his record year. And Tom had thrown 4 less interceptions in the same amount of games. Manning does have more yards by about 500 though. Anyone who thinks Manning is a shoe in to beat the record might want to hold onto their money. As soon as they lock the 1st seed they’ll bench his old a** faster then you can say Papa Johns. It’s hard to break records from the sideline.

  6. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 10, 2013 8:20 PM

    It doesn’t matter. There is no way in hell that I’m going to start him.

    THIS ISN’T DETROIT MAN IT’S THE PLAYOFFS!

  7. baltimorons says: Dec 10, 2013 8:23 PM

    You breathe on this guy and he gets a concussion.

  8. jersey73 says: Dec 10, 2013 8:23 PM

    unbridledsexy says: Dec 10, 2013 8:17 PM

    Actually Manning has the same amount of TD’s as tome had after 13 games in his record year. And Tom had thrown 4 less interceptions in the same amount of games. Manning does have more yards by about 500 though. Anyone who thinks Manning is a shoe in to beat the record might want to hold onto their money. As soon as they lock the 1st seed they’ll bench his old a** faster then you can say Papa Johns. It’s hard to break records from the sideline.

    ———————————-

    And when will they lock the #1 seed? The Pats are one game behind them and have the tie breaker. This will likely go to week #17.

  9. kremis says: Dec 10, 2013 8:25 PM

    The Steelers haven’t ruled out showing up Sunday night to play yet either

  10. securb2013 says: Dec 10, 2013 8:29 PM

    I would let him dress but limit his plays.

  11. doe22us says: Dec 10, 2013 8:31 PM

    unbridledsexy says:
    Dec 10, 2013 8:17 PM
    Actually Manning has the same amount of TD’s as tome had after 13 games in his record year. And Tom had thrown 4 less interceptions in the same amount of games. Manning does have more yards by about 500 though.

    Records are meant to be broken, dont be too hard on yourself. It will get broken though…

  12. strokinmyego says: Dec 10, 2013 8:34 PM

    Manning threw 59 times against the Titans last Sunday and was throwing when up by multiple scores late in the 4th quarter yet the media completely ignores it.

    If it was the Patriots and Brady it would be front page news, but since it’s the media’s favorite player it doesn’t even get noticed. Huge double standard.

  13. sportnorcal says: Dec 10, 2013 8:42 PM

    PLEASE sit out this week, possible next week too.

    Unless home field in the playoffs is on the line why mess with your future like that? Doctors and Team officials need to make the call and take him out of the equation. I imagine the pressure/need/desire to play with star athletes is far too great for them to be in the decision process.

  14. thundastormz says: Dec 10, 2013 8:42 PM

    Please play Welker I need you for fantasy playoffs!

  15. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 10, 2013 8:46 PM

    This organization is scum. Sit the poor old man. Nobody cares about the regular season anyway.

  16. chargersdiehard says: Dec 10, 2013 8:52 PM

    Come on Welker take the week off!

  17. ejvyas says: Dec 10, 2013 8:56 PM

    Made of glass! Probably out for the season. The fun starts now :-)

  18. 3taintedchampionships2biglosses says: Dec 10, 2013 9:09 PM

    Welker > China Danny

  19. chulavistabob says: Dec 10, 2013 9:09 PM

    Let’s see if the NFL is serious about player safety now. Back to back concussions? He should be out a minimum 30 days. If he had any brains left he would retire and not end up like McMahon, Hoge, Webster, Seau and all the others. My money says he’ll be on the field Thursday nite.

  20. db3233 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:17 PM

    Kremis, that was hilarious. Thanks for the laugh!

  21. keltictim says: Dec 10, 2013 9:27 PM

    Ejyvas “welker” and “made of glass” are two things that couldn’t be further from each other. Are you being sarcastic or is your football comprehension that poor. Wes is a warrior, week in and week out in NE he took a beating and kept popping back up for more.

    As a patriots fan his current situation has me a touch perplexed. I think I recall him having one official concussion during his years with the pats, now in Demver he has two within a very short time frame. Was he concealing past concussions. Do the patriots and broncos have different thresholds for what constitutes a concussion? Maybe the cumulative effects of all the hits he’s taken are catching up to him making him more susceptible to them now, but it just strikes me as odd that he went so long without them being a issue and his first year on another team and he starts getting them. It could be I’m over reacting and nothing sinister is going on bug I can’t be the only one thinking this.

  22. lance19 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:36 PM

    I definitely think it’s just common sense that Welker get some rest, and not rush back before he’s ready.
    Get well, Wes.

    –signed, concerned Charger fan…

  23. dsigrey says: Dec 10, 2013 9:36 PM

    As s Pats fan, the last thing I want is to see Wes a vegetable in 5 years. Take a break buddy.

  24. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Dec 10, 2013 9:43 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Dec 10, 2013 8:46 PM
    This organization is scum. Sit the poor old man. Nobody cares about the regular season anyway.
    ———–
    The organization has nothing to do with it. It’s an independent neurologist that has to clear him. Should I give you the definition of independent or do you think you can look that up all on your own. Don’t hate on the Broncos just because your jealous your team isn’t as good.

  25. yevrag3535 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:43 PM

    I thought the rules made you it out when this happened, am I wrong?

  26. unbridledsexy says: Dec 10, 2013 9:44 PM

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Pats fan, I’m just saying that it isn’t as easy as we armchair QB’s think it is. Records are meant to be broken, yes. But they are records for a reason, only one person has ever done it before.

  27. mizzousooner says: Dec 10, 2013 9:49 PM

    What the heck, run him out there. While you’re at it have Manning start running the read option! Lol!

  28. svn2011 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:01 PM

    More respect for mike tomlin for not letting ryan clark play in denver with concerns of his health.

    Denver is out of its mind even contemplating it. Probably making chargers prepare for him .

  29. winstonjed44 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:08 PM

    They should just shut Welker down for the rest of the season, and let him get the final 3 weeks off, plus if they get the bye another week to rest and recover. San Diego is their toughest game left so while they still are playing for the #1 seed, they should be able to secure it without Welker.

  30. eagleseagleseagles says: Dec 10, 2013 10:27 PM

    take a break wes. its a win-win situation. you get some rest, and i win my fantasy football championship.

  31. listenup823 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:32 PM

    @unbridledsexy.. Because the Chiefs and Patriots are only one game behind this will cause Peyton to play out the rest of the season to make sure the Broncos lock in home field throughout… Say goodbye to your records Cry-Brady…boo-hoo!

  32. harshedmellow says: Dec 10, 2013 11:01 PM

    I got a severe concussion a couple years ago; I’m no expert but I can report that this is serious, serious stuff that can change your personality, impair your functioning, knock you off your emotional center, and make you miserable. I was still a mess 16 months after my TBI. Point being, I guess, that this is a very real injury, one that can linger for years or more.

    According to my neurologist, a person who has a significant concussion is at hugely heightened risk for a) more concussions as their brain is now “brittle” and b) at great risk for symptoms to be worse and even become permanent. Picture scar tissue in your brain.

    In a rational world, Welker would be done for the year, minimum. This being the almighty FOOTBALL he’ll play soon enough.

  33. m3dman3 says: Dec 10, 2013 11:44 PM

    Via Jay Glazer, he is out.

  34. pastabelly101 says: Dec 11, 2013 12:11 AM

    The NfL has created this monster, Gronkowski is out for a year because of the Goodell mandates on head shots but Welker who has had multiple concussions is not yet ruled out for Thursday? Really?

  35. mayers59 says: Dec 11, 2013 12:19 AM

    Bronco’s need Welker in the playoffs. Not Thursday night.

  36. raiders85 says: Dec 11, 2013 1:23 AM

    Player safety my ass this is unreal

  37. kingpel says: Dec 11, 2013 1:43 AM

    It was completely irresponsible for him to play in the Patriot game a week after the first concussion. If he plays on Thursday night against San Diego it will be criminal. Sit the man for a couple of weeks and let him get his head right for the playoffs. At this rate this will be his last season playing if someone doesn’t step in a protect this man from himself. C’mon Broncos!

  38. tahnoonzee says: Dec 11, 2013 2:20 AM

    Take Thursday off or the Chargers will hurt you even more.

  39. RE LEE says: Dec 11, 2013 2:21 AM

    Wes just rest… You are no longer a patriot but we still care for you. Take it easy… You can’t help your new team in the long run if you get hurt again…

  40. joetoronto says: Dec 11, 2013 5:26 AM

    Two things……

    1. You stay classy, Denver. Geez, SMH.

    2. No one cares about you stupid fantasy football other than you.

  41. kastout11 says: Dec 11, 2013 8:31 AM

    Rest him and bring him back in week 16. He is a guy they will need in the playoffs. I would even consider just giving him a few snaps during weeks 16 and 17, or just shutting him down until the playoffs. He knows the playbook and a seasoned verteran, his play will not drop off if he sits until the playoffs.

  42. infectorman says: Dec 11, 2013 8:49 AM

    If he’s close to the record and Manning needs to play in week 17 to break the record, Brady is in his head so badly that Fox will let him play to break the record.

    Then the injury will happen and Donkeys are done

    Vanity gets ya every time.

  43. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 11, 2013 9:25 AM

    Thursday Night games are so terribly covered its hard to watch. The play by play and color commentary guys will cover a 99 yard TD run with the same excitement(or lack thereof) as a 3 yard run up the middle.

    The only game the NFL network did a good job of covering was the RAIDERS VS CHARGERS game from earlier this year. The Raiders were balling so hard in that game it didn’t even need color commentary,a play by play guy,or good camera angles.

  44. pats1stfan1 says: Dec 11, 2013 10:11 AM

    Two concussions in three games…

    If he was a boxer and was KO’d in his bout he would HAVE to sit out a minimum 30 days, with or without a concussion.

    Rest a little Wes, you are a hell of a player and it would be a shame to see you lose your career early.

    Good luck.

  45. brazzz01 says: Dec 11, 2013 10:19 AM

    As long as he’s passing the concussion tests then it’s his choice to play or not.

    He needs to play. It’s all hands on deck to get that spygate-tainted passing TD record off the books. All intelligent football fans are cheering for Manning to get it done.

  46. brazzz01 says: Dec 11, 2013 10:20 AM

    Of course Pats fans are begging Wes not to play. They want their noodle armed QB to still have an NFL record – one that he needed spygate to get.

  47. bullcharger says: Dec 11, 2013 10:29 AM

    brazzz01 says:Dec 11, 2013 10:20 AM

    Of course Pats fans are begging Wes not to play. They want their noodle armed QB to still have an NFL record – one that he needed spygate to get.

    —————-

    Manning is going to set the record regardless of what us Patriots fans want. Calling Brady noodle armed is just stupid through and 15 of the games they won in 2007 were after spygate.

  48. thundastormz says: Dec 11, 2013 10:35 AM

    I need you Welky-Welk play Thursday night and drop a 50 point fantasy night!

  49. somethingsmellsrotten says: Dec 11, 2013 10:58 AM

    He’ll play…the Donkeys are above the rules in today’s NFL. They just love their little MegaHead.

  50. RE LEE says: Dec 11, 2013 1:27 PM

    Brazzz01— we don’t want Wes to play because we care about him. Peyton will break Brady’s record because he is a great qb and our team this year is just hobbled with problems. Brady is noodled armed? A lot of qb would love to be noodled armed like Brady esp in cold weather.

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