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.