Officially, Broncos WR Wes Welker is listed as "probable" on the Broncos' final injury report for Sunday's game, but interim head coach Jack Del Rio said the team's leading receiver would play after passing all of the NFL-mandated concussion tests.
"It's kind of like Peyton (Manning) was a while back — if you had the 'definitely will go' category, he'd probably be on there too," Del Rio said.
To be fair, Del Rio said Welker would "probably be" on the 'definitely will go' category... But it looks like what everyone is trying to say is Welker is going to play against his former team on Sunday night.
Friday, November 22, 2013, 6:23pm
Broncos WR Wes Welker (neck, concussion, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 12. Welker will play against his old team and there's a good chance the Broncos find a way to get him in the endzone.
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 6:48pm
Broncos WR Wes Welker (neck, concussion) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. It looks like Welker will be ok to play against his old team. Andre Caldwell is a decent Plan B for owners nervous about Welker's status.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 6:44pm
Broncos WR Wes Welker (neck, concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Welker is iffy for Sunday night, but is tentatively expected to play. Andre Caldwell is a nice Plan B for owners who want to wait until Sunday night.
By NFL protocol, Welker will be limited in practice this week and is permitted to make a full return to practice Friday at the earliest, only if doctors say he has passed the baseline test.
Welker's status for next Sunday's showdown with the New England Patriots -- his former team -- is uncertain, but sources told ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen that the star receiver is expected to be OK.
If Welker plays, he'll want to be a big part of the offense against his former team in Week 12. If he doesn't go, Eric Decker would see an increase in workload. We'll have to wait until Friday to probably know any more about Welker, but at this point things look pretty good for his chances of playing.
Welker suffered a blow to the head early in the fourth quarter. Somehow, he returned to the game, catching another pass. He later exited, with the team explaining that he was being evaluated for a concussion.
Now that the concussion is official, he will have to pass protocol to get back on the field. The Broncos take on Welker's former team, the Patriots, in Week 12 and it's a game Welker doesn't want to miss. But, if can't play, look for Eric Decker to perhaps benefit the most at least in terms of targets.
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