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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Broncos Injury Update: Wes Welker diagnosed with concussion

By on 8/24/2014 09:53:00 AM

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been diagnosed with a concussion. Jeff Legwold of ESPN Boston reports that Welker suffered the injury during the teams 18-17 loss to the Houston Texans.

"It was determined it was a concussion," Broncos coach John Fox told reporters after the game.
"He'll go through the protocol. The biggest thing on him is, of course, player safety," Fox said.

Welker was on the receiving end of a pass from Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning when Texans safety D.J. Swearinger lowered his shoulder and hit Welker squarely on the helmet. Welker's head not only took the hit, but bounced off the turf, as well. Swearinger was assessed a personal foul for a blow to the head.

Welker caught 73 passes for 10 touchdowns and 778 yards in 2013, but suffered two concussions last season. He missed the Broncos' final three games of the regular season. He returned for the team's three playoff games, wearing a helmet with extra padding, which he continues to wear today.

He's expected to be a big part of the Broncos high-powered offense this season, especially with the departure of former Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker to the Jets.

Welker was not expected to play in the Broncos preseason finale against the Cowboys. His availability for the regular season opener on September 7 is now uncertain.

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