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Wes Welker returns to Broncos practice

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It wasn’t Santa Claus with a sleigh filled with goodies, but the Broncos did have some very welcome faces at practice on Wednesday.

Joan Niesen of the Denver Post reports that wide receiver Wes Welker participated in practice for the first time since suffering a concussion against the Titans on December 8th. It’s unclear whether he’ll play in the season finale against the Raiders, but getting back on the practice field is a good sign about his progress through the league’s concussion protocol.

Defensive end Derek Wolfe also returned to practice for the Broncos, marking his first time back on the field since he fell ill on the team bus on the way to the airport to travel to Kansas City in November. Cornerback Kayvon Webster completed the trio of Christmas returnees as he made it back to the field after breaking his thumb two weeks ago. He hopes to play this week with a cast on his right hand.

The release of the Broncos practice report will reveal how much work they did on Wednesday, although it’s a good bet that they’ll be limited. Whatever they could do, having them back now should help make sure they’re ready to go when the playoffs roll around.

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10 Responses to “Wes Welker returns to Broncos practice”
  1. govtminion says: Dec 25, 2013 5:55 PM

    Sit him- or at least don’t use him in the second half. I’m not going to say ‘oh it’s just Oakland’, because for Denver it’s NEVER ‘just Oakland’. But I’m certainly not feeling like he’s the key to victory either- they have plenty of receivers to use. Get him rested and actually ready to play in the important game in two weeks.

  2. marcuswelby1 says: Dec 25, 2013 5:59 PM

    Too bad Welker didn’t play defense, because in the end that will be their downfall.

  3. baltimorons says: Dec 25, 2013 6:22 PM

    Concussion in T minus 9 and counting.

  4. nflrox36 says: Dec 25, 2013 7:00 PM

    Welker has had too many already..The NFL should shut him down before he does serious damage..Praising Peyton’s waning years isn’t worth it.

  5. heisthejuan says: Dec 25, 2013 8:35 PM

    Peyton Manning floaters are the leading cause of concussions for slot receivers.

  6. jjg8505 says: Dec 25, 2013 8:35 PM

    The nfl shouldn’t do anything regarding shutting welker down. Nfl athletes make millions of dollars each year to play hard and put their body’s on the line and as an athlete I’m very much willing to take several more concussions for that kind of money. As long as my family is financially secure and safe, hell u could just take my head completely off my shoulders screw worrying bout getting concussed

  7. keltictim says: Dec 25, 2013 9:31 PM

    Welker hasn’t had many reported concussions at all so why would the NFL even consider shutting him down?

  8. surfinbird1 says: Dec 26, 2013 9:24 AM

    He was wearing a Patriots uniform and looking for Tom.

  9. carolinakid says: Dec 26, 2013 5:10 PM

    Since the big media storm about concussions has takin’ flight and now that the players are well breasted in the risks, how many have quit since these revelations ? 0. That being said, who is at fault now for the head trauma associated with said concussions that can be accrued during said game ?

    They know the risk, the money is too good, they are responsible.

    With that being said GO PANTHERS !

  10. sc5000 says: Dec 26, 2013 6:13 PM

    Derek Wolfe being back might be more impactful than Welker coming back

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