Nov 18, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots' Tom Brady expects Broncos' Wes Welker to play

Although Denver Broncos’ wide receiver Wes Welker (and tight end Julius Thomas, for that matter) was absent from practice Wednesday, New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady expects his former top target to play when the Patriots host the Broncos Sunday night.

“I’ve been around [Welker] long enough to know what he’s all about,” Brady said during an interview with WEEI sports radio in Boston via Field Yates of ESPN Boston. “He loves playing football, and if there’s a chance for him to play, especially coming back here, he’s definitely going to be out there. I’ve got no question about that.”

Welker suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of the Broncos’ 27-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night.

Brady, who is friends with Welker off of the field, said he hasn’t spoken to the 10-year veteran out of Texas Tech, but “it would take an awful lot for him to miss the game.”

Welker spent the last six seasons with the Patriots before joining the Broncos as a free agent in the offseason. On the season, Welker has 61 receptions for 648 yards and nine touchdowns.

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