Wes Welker Concussion ConfirmedBy: Ann Casano - November 18, 2013
Wes Welker did everything right when he played for the Patriots. The five foot nine wide receiver only missed three games in six seasons. He also held the franchise record in receptions and ranked third in receiving yards. And even though he was Tom Brady’s go-to-guy, the sure-handed Welker and the New England Patriots, could not come to terms in the off season. The team let him walk.
Welker was not on the market long before the Denver Broncos signed him to a two-year $12 million contract. Since then, Tom Brady has had a hard time finding a guy he can trust to catch the ball, while Peyton Manning has used Welker out of the slot like the two have been playing together in the backyard their whole lives.
Even though the Broncos are offensively charged with a plethora of weapons, Welker still leads the team with 61 receptions and is tied for the team lead with nine touchdowns. I’m sure Welker took a look at the NFL schedule when it came out and circled November 24th, that was the day that he would make his return to Gillette Stadium to face his old team, the one that let him go.
Now that reunion may not come to fruition. It’s been confirmed that Welker suffered a concussion during the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. After Welker took the hard hit to his head, he went to his knee. However, he returned for the next play, when he subsequently made a nine-yard catch. He left after that down and did not return to the field. The Broncos handed the Chiefs their first loss of the season in a 27 – 17 defeat.
Due to the NFL’s concussion rules, Welker will be a limited participant in practice this week. He will also have to pass all the concussion protocol tests before returning to the field.