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Report: Welker likely out until playoffs


Broncos receiver Wes Welker made a quick return from the first diagnosed concussion he suffered during the 2013 season.  His second concussion, which came three weeks to the day later, has resulted in a significantly longer absence.

According to Chris Mortensen and Jeff Legwold of ESPN, Welker likely won’t play again until the postseason.

On Thursday, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported that Welker won’t play when the Broncos travel to Houston, the site of Welker’s Week 17 torn ACL four years ago.  Per the ESPN report, Welker also will miss the regular-season finale at Oakland.

While it’s no surprise that the Broncos will keep Welker safe as the elimination round approaches, there’s no guarantee he’ll be available in the playoffs.  Concussion symptoms can linger, as Redskins tight end Jordan Reed recently has learned.  For Welker, it’s possible that his symptoms will linger into January.

There’s also a sense in some league circles that Welker, who has caught plenty of passes and taken plenty of hits over the years, may be feeling the effects of past concussions, diagnosed or not.

The Broncos scored 20 points in their only game of the season without Welker, a loss to the Chargers.  While the Broncos have plenty of other weapons, they can’t afford to lose another regular-season game, or they’ll risk falling from the No. 1 all the way to No. 5.

That would give the Chiefs the top seed, and it likely would force Peyton Manning to return to Indianapolis (again) in the wild-card round.

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38 Responses to “Report: Welker likely out until playoffs”
  1. mightymorgan18 says: Dec 20, 2013 10:43 AM

    With the way the Colts are playing right now, I don’t think playing a game in Indy would be a problem.

    Give Irsay some of his own medicine…knock Luck out of the playoffs.

  2. mccourty1sland says: Dec 20, 2013 10:44 AM

    i have a wes welker signed patriots helmet. it’s the throw back helmet and i love it. that being said, where are all the guys talking about how wes welker is never hurt and he’s so durable, etc.? time catches up with everyone!

  3. mizzousooner says: Dec 20, 2013 10:44 AM

    Bronco’s really need to lose another game.

    A Manning return, during the playoffs no less, to Indy, would be too good for the networks and the league to pass up.

    Get that officiating crew on the phone STAT!

  4. RavenzGunnerz says: Dec 20, 2013 10:46 AM

    Again, how many concussions did this guy have in NE and bill belichick hid them from the league?

    No way he works the slot all those years without a number of concussions.

  5. the8man says: Dec 20, 2013 10:46 AM

    Uh oh! No one is immune to the injury bug.

  6. kwgator says: Dec 20, 2013 10:49 AM

    With Peyton at QB, this means Welker only has 1 game left to play this year

  7. richiebburg says: Dec 20, 2013 10:50 AM

    Wes got a concussion and missed the last 4 of Denvers games.

  8. toybkshr says: Dec 20, 2013 10:50 AM

    So, he’s gonna play about the same # of games as Amendola.

  9. jjackwagon says: Dec 20, 2013 10:55 AM

    C’mon Houston, we are all rooting for ya!!

  10. alshonbrandontandem says: Dec 20, 2013 10:55 AM

    What a Sally!!

  11. klutch14u says: Dec 20, 2013 10:58 AM

    Watch the replay of the first one he suffered against the Chiefs. He was knocked out cold, his arms went completely limp. I saw this the moment it happened and even after replaying it over and over again the announcers never really caught on. He shouldn’t have been back that following week, passing test or not. Going cold is a massive blow

  12. dodohead418 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:01 AM

    That is bad news, but it won’t slow down playoff-less Manning!

  13. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 20, 2013 11:05 AM

    Not sure where I’m going with this but if everything stays as it is Welker will have played in only 1 more regular season game than Danny Amendola.

  14. randomguy9999 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:11 AM

    Welker has been a rock for a long time… that goes with having that body size…

    before the concussion awareness, when he was with the Phins, I saw him bounce up like the energizer bunny to hits that would have ended the game for him today… still can’t believe the Phins traded him… but that another in a long stream of bonehead moves like choosing Culpepper over Brees etc.

    back to the subject… they need him for the playoffs, and he will be there, I have no doubt… and he will be a serious pain to defenses, thats not in doubt either

    its the right decision to sit him now.

  15. cuda1234 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:12 AM

    Maybe now Peyton regrets shutting Andre Caldwell out of those off-season workouts.

  16. tebow420 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:16 AM

    He took a 40 minute shower and missed the last 2 games of the year, there are lizards that are eating my legs!

  17. cornerstone2001 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:26 AM

    Retire Wes…..or we’ll find u on the beach with some “lizards that eating yours legs ” or find u taking 4o minute halftime showers

  18. pastabelly101 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:40 AM

    Welker took a number of bone jarring hits in his time with the Pats. Belichick knew his days were coming to an end -the reason Edelman was ahead of him at the start of last season and the reason he signed a younger Amendola this season.

  19. jonbeck316 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:50 AM

    This dude is made out of glass. Glad my Pats picked up Amendola to take his place.

  20. xgarcia22 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:55 AM

    Bye bye home field advantage!

  21. kindbass says: Dec 20, 2013 12:17 PM

    Not sure why everyone is comparing him to Amendola

    Edelman: 14 games, 89 rec, 914 yds, 6 TD
    Welker (last season, through 14 games): 95 rec, 1116 yds, 4 TD
    Welker, this season: 13 games, 73 rec, 778 yds, 10 TD

    Edelman has been our replacement for Welker, not Amendola. And Peyton clearly uses him more in the red zone than Brady did.

  22. heisthejuan says: Dec 20, 2013 12:24 PM

    Hate to see Wes getting the Austin Collie treatment, but Manning’s wobbly passes get his slot receivers killed.

  23. lanman11 says: Dec 20, 2013 12:29 PM

    Sorry to hear it. He has taken some shots, and that last one looked fairly innocuous, so he must have something major going on in his brain right now to have such a fairly light hit cause such problems.

  24. RE LEE says: Dec 20, 2013 12:40 PM

    Peyton still has enough weapons. He’s a great qb and will win. Just rest.

  25. RavenzGunnerz says: Dec 20, 2013 12:51 PM

    Took a 40min shower and now he is going to miss 2 games?

  26. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 20, 2013 12:52 PM


  27. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 20, 2013 12:56 PM

    If Denver lost this one, and KC won out. Bronco fans would explode.

    It would rain orange and blue all over the Rocky’s.

  28. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 20, 2013 12:57 PM

    Should say Rockies.

  29. deathonwings410 says: Dec 20, 2013 1:21 PM

    So in other words, he’ll only be playing one more game this year.

  30. sagatti says: Dec 20, 2013 1:29 PM

    It’s HOUSTON and OAKLAND…. Relax… The Broncos will win out..

  31. surfinbird1 says: Dec 20, 2013 1:34 PM

    They thought he was find until he kept asking for his Patriots uniform and why Manning was filling in for Tom.

  32. gjperch says: Dec 20, 2013 1:54 PM

    If Broncos don’t win out, then they’re not going anywhere during the playoffs, either.

    And this is good for Caldwell getting reps as he ran the wrong way more than once during the last game.

    And the playoff situation is good, as Denver has to play starters (and stay sharp) to wrap up the season.

  33. backdapack4evr says: Dec 20, 2013 1:58 PM

    Mr sportsman of the year can do it himself!!

  34. keltictim says: Dec 20, 2013 2:26 PM

    I’m curious as to how many concussions he’s hidden in the past. These can’t be the first two of his career.

  35. jasonculhane says: Dec 20, 2013 3:51 PM

    I think injuries have finally caught up with the Broncos now. Clady, Vickerson, Bailey, Welker, its just too much to overcome.

    Though, the addition of Mincey gives hope that they can get back to stopping the run this maybe have finally broke the camel’s back so to speak if Welker isn’t back in January.

    In the meantime, Tamme and Caldwell are serviceable back ups, but on 3rd down Welker will be missed.

  36. listenup823 says: Dec 20, 2013 3:59 PM

    Welker will be back and at 100%… Be afraid, be very afraid..

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  38. fnf417 says: Dec 21, 2013 8:57 AM

    Welker will end up with another concussion in the next game he plays I may be wrong but it is happening a lot for him in the last few games he played

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