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November 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) during the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos initially thought Wes Welker's concussion was neck injury

The Denver Broncos have been taking some heat for allowing wide receiver Wes Welker to play through a concussion this past Sunday, but the Denver Post is reporting that’s not what happened.

After Welker was hit early in the fourth quarter, the wide receiver’s neck could be seen snapping back in replays. Welker was brought to the sidelines and given a serious of quick tests, none of which indicated that Welker suffered a concussion.

Welker returned to the game, picking up a nine-yard catch but it was then the medical team began to notice Welker was displaying concussion-like symptoms and requested to have him removed from the game, following league protocol.

On the sideline, Welker shook off the neck and the Broncos cleared him to go back in. He made a 9-yard catch to finish the Broncos’ drive that ended with a Matt Prater field goal. It was after that series that the Broncos’ medical team became aware Welker was experiencing possible concussion-like symptoms.

Welker will be forced to pass the league concussion test and is currently questionable for Denver’s Week 12 game against the New England Patriots.

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