Last night was every NFL coaches’ worst nightmare when it comes to preseason games and/or scrimmages. In games that are played close to full-speed and contact, but don’t count for nothing more than a way to evaluate players and determine those last 10-12 roster spots, no coach wants to see his key players go down with significant injuries.
Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox had to watch multiple starters go down with injury last night, and one of them was newly-signed Pro Bowl receiver Wes Welker, who suffered an ankle injury that forced him from the game.
According to Pro Football Talk, there’s nothing to worry about with Welker:
Per a league source, receiver Wes Welker has a “mild” right ankle sprain. Though “no” right ankle sprain would be preferred, “mild” implies that he’ll be back for the regular-season opener in 18 days.
As a New England Patriot, Welker led the league in receptions in 2007, 2009, and 2011, and was viewed as one of the best free agent signings this offseason, and further enhanced the Broncos’ chances of making a Super Bowl-run in 2013.