Report: Wes Welker assessed for concussion effects, gets positive news on health

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Free agent wide receiver Wes Welker reportedly has received good news regarding his health after suffering three concussions with Denver over the last two seasons.

Welker told Mike Klis of WUSA-TV in Denver that he was examined in February by Dr. Stanley Herring, a member of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee.

And according to Welker, the examinations went well.

“I knew there were concerns out there but on top of that I wanted to know for my own peace of mind. If there was something wrong, I wanted to know,” Welker said, according to WUSA-TV, an NBC affiliate. “The doctor said some people are able to take those hits. They get up and are able to come back from them. And there’s some people who get them and they’re never the same. For me, everything came out all good.

“My cognitive tests were good. All kinds of tests came out good. I had a trip to Miami and [their] doctors said everything looked good.”

Welker, who turns 34 on Friday, hauled in 49 passes for 464 yards and two touchdowns in 2014 for Denver. He told WUSA-TV he wants to play in 2015.

“I am 100 percent committed to keep playing,” Welker told Klis. “I feel like every day that goes by, the chances are less so. But I want to play.”

If there’s a market for Welker, it could possibly emerge after the draft. A club signing Welker before May 12 would have him count against the compensatory-pick formula.

24 responses to “Report: Wes Welker assessed for concussion effects, gets positive news on health

  1. Team like Eagles could have use for him since they might not have any draft picks left to choose a new WR, since Maclin was WAY overpaid in KC. He’s a damn fine WR…but those contracts are tough. Take a flier on Wes, see if the tires still roll the right way. He could be a 70 catch guy in the Eagles O.

  2. I understand he wants to keep playing but, with a deep wide receiver class in this year’s draft and his best days behind him, it would be sad to see him in training camp and lose a roster spot to a UFA who was at high school when Welker was in his prime.

    Hang ’em up, Wes, and enjoy a long, happy and healthy retirement. I wish you all the best.

  3. Wes: “My cognitive tests were good. All kinds of tests came out good. I had a trip to Miami and [their] doctors said everything looked good.”

    (Pauses for a second)

    Wes: “My cognitive tests were good. All kinds of tests came out good. I had a trip to Miami and [their] doctors said everything looked good.”

  4. The simple cognitive test that he’s failing is that he wants to keep playing. That mindset alone tells me he’s not right in the head.

  5. If Danny Amendola hadn’t taken the cut in pay, I would have liked to see him back in Foxboro. At this point, Amendola is probably a better player.

  6. The grass is never greener with golden boy tossing hospital throws…he sacrifices his teammates to pad his stats. He should have stayed with the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady and the NE Patriots, could have retired fat and happy, ring in hand.

  7. He got a clean bill of health from one of the NFL’s medical specialists? Well, case closed.

  8. I think he should retire. If he isn’t going to though, the Chiefs should talk to him. He can still take a dump off or a quick slant to the house & no one on the Chiefs could do that last year. I know they have added to the position, but it still make sense.

  9. On one side you have the doctors who work for the league and on the other there are research teams such as the one at Boston University, who are independent of the league. The league has gone to great lengths to discredit and ignore outside research. Who would you trust to give an honest and unbiased evaluation?

  10. Welker was never quite the same after the Brandon Browner hit. Brady shouldn’t have thrown him the ball with Browner close by. He is done.

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