The Broncos were encouraged by the initial examination on WR Wes Welker, believing that, for now, he could be available for the Sept 7 season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.
The sobering reality, however, is that Welker has suffered three concussions in 10 months, all serious enough to force him to exit a game. He will undergo the mandated concussion protocol and must be cleared by the Broncos' medical staff and an independent doctor before practicing.
"I believe he's going to be good," said receiver Demaryius Thomas, who spoke to Welker on Saturday.
Welker makes a living on underneath routes that turn him into a human pinball, as the story puts it, and it's a frightening number of concussions in a short period of time. Welker has potential to put up huge numbers, especially in PPR leagues, but the treat of losing him for weeks at a time means you need to back yourself up. Andre Caldwell and Cody Latimer could be guys to keep an eye on as possible pickups, with the rookie Latimer having a higher upside.