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Wes Welker out again this week

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The Broncos need a win to nail down home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, but they won’t have Wes Welker helping them get it.

Welker returned to practice this week, but has been ruled out for the third straight game because of the concussion he suffered against the Titans in Week 14. Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com┬áreports that Welker will travel with the team to Oakland, though, which suggests that they aren’t concerned about travel leading to a recurrence of symptoms this weekend.

It also suggests that Welker will be in the lineup when the Broncos open up their playoff campaign. Jacob Tamme and Eric Decker handled slot duties for Denver last week with Andre Caldwell filling in outside, an alignment that will likely be in play again against the Raiders.

Defensive end Derek Wolfe has also been ruled out after making his return to practice this week. Wolfe has been out since falling ill on the bus to the airport for a trip to Kansas City in Week 13. Cornerback Kayvon Webster is questionable to return from the broken thumb that has sidelined him in recent weeks.

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8 Responses to “Wes Welker out again this week”
  1. jjg8505 says: Dec 27, 2013 2:47 PM

    The broncos could go into this game with all second stringers and get a w. what the hell throw ole Brock in there for fun and see what the kid can do. Nah keep Peyton in he needs a couple hundred yards to smash drew Bree’s single season yards passing record to go along with that td record. Go broncos!!! #1

  2. bullcharger says: Dec 27, 2013 3:39 PM

    Smart to be cautious in clearing him. Why risk having him take a hit in a game when the bye is already in the bag and they are playing Oakland to seal home field.

    Being a Patriots fan I hope that Oakland can compete and win it, but I really doubt it.

  3. atwatercrushesokoye says: Dec 27, 2013 4:09 PM

    Welker was on the sidelines in Houston last week as well, I think sitting him this week is more about making sure he’s good for the divisional round of the playoffs, not because of the concussion itself.

    Oakland has pride and I’m sure they’ll be looking to give the Broncos a good fight but the Raiduhs are still undermanned at this point in their rebuild and the Caldwell/Tamme combination with Thomas/Thomas and Decker should be enough to help the Broncos get the W.

  4. richiebburg says: Dec 27, 2013 4:11 PM

    He was at the game last week…

  5. raiderapologist says: Dec 27, 2013 9:09 PM

    jjg8505 says: Dec 27, 2013 2:47 PM

    The broncos could go into this game with all second stringers and get a w.
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    No they couldn’t. The Raiders are bad, but not that bad. Denver needs the win and Fetus Head wants the stats. Both of those things are sure to happen, but only fans believe they can just toss their helmets out on the field and get the win.

  6. sportfan2 says: Dec 27, 2013 10:01 PM

    They need this guy for the playoffs but not against Raiders (you would think). I sure hope he makes it.

  7. pastabelly says: Dec 28, 2013 7:35 AM

    Welker has taken so much punishment the way he has played the game that it finally caught up with him. For his own sake, I hope he deals with this and his career decisions wisely.

  8. bunkerhillbob says: Dec 28, 2013 7:59 AM

    The old AFL West rivalries are still good and often make for surprizes. I feel the Raiders will give the Broncos a good fight.

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