There was a time as Wes Welker was recovering from his second concussion that he felt he was ready to play.
The Broncos' medical team held the star slot receiver out a while longer, anyway, and in retrospect he's glad for it.
"It took a little bit of time," Welker said Thursday in his first interview since his second concussion in a three-week period on Dec. 8. "Even when I felt I was 100 percent, looking back you weren't 100 percent. It's always a tricky injury and just trying to manage it and everything else, but the doctors and trainers did a great job of just doing the things necessary to get me back out on the field."
He was cleared for full football activities this week, and Welker will play in the Broncos' second-round AFC playoff game on Jan. 12 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High against Indianapolis, Kansas City or San Diego.
Whatever sleeper value Andre Caldwell held late in the season is gone now. It looks like the Broncos' offense will be at full strength heading into the postseason.