UPDATE: Broncos head coach John Fox confirmed the news.
John Fox confirmed Wes Welker suffered a concussion.
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Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has dealt with concussion issues in the past; he missed three games this past season due to two separate concussions.
Well, those problems might have already crept back up.
From Chris Wesseling of NFL.com:
the Denver Broncos are holding their breath while their star slot receiver is evaluated for another concussion.
Welker popped back up after taking a hit to the headfrom Texans safety D.J. Swearinger in Saturday night’s preseason game. Considering his history, though, trainers immediately escorted him to the locker room for concussion tests.
Although Welker’s test results are not yet in, the incident is a reminder that the Broncos already had concerns about his ability to make it through the entire season unscathed.
This would undoubtedly be terrible for Denver if it turns out Welker has a concussion. While the Broncos have other skilled pass catchers such as Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, Welker is a critical safety blanket for Peyton Manning. Even if Welker doesn’t ultimately miss a regular season game due to this potential concussion, the Broncos would have to seriously wonder if they can count on Welker week-after-week if that indeed is the diagnosis.
Welker caught 73 balls for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Broncos’ No. 1 offense during the 2013 season. He caught four passes for 42 yards in Saturday’s game before the injury.