Although they may be the best overall team in the National Football League, the Denver Broncos were dealt a blow back on Dec. 8 in the game against the Tennessee Titans when wide receiver Wes Welker left the game with what was diagnosed as his second concussion in four weeks.
Welker sat out the rest of the regular season as Denver finished off the rest of their regular season winning all the games left on their slate and securing home-field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs in the process.
With that being the case, they will sit out the upcoming Wild Card weekend and not play until next Sunday.
When they do take the field again, we learned on Monday, QB Peyton Manning will have Welker back on the field as Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports is reporting that Welker has passed the concussion protocol and has been cleared to play:
Broncos WR Wes Welker has cleared concussion protocol. Cleared to play. Great news for Denver.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 30, 2013
So now, not only do the Broncos have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, they now have another weapon on offense for Manning to play with while he’s having one of the greatest seasons of all time.
Good luck, AFC.