Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker will not play on Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers after sustaining a concussion on Sunday vs. the Tennessee Titans:
From @RapSheet – Wes Welker will not play Thursday night due to the concussion he sustained last week.
— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) December 11, 2013
According to the NFL’s concussion protocol, even if a player is symptom-free the day following his concussion, he can return only to light exercise on Tuesday and Wednesday and participate only in the non-contact aspects of practice Thursday. In that scenario, Friday is the first day a player can take part in a full practice.
This season, Welker has already amassed 73 catches for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns. Against a Chargers pass defense among the worst in the NFL, Welker was poised to have a big game Thursday night, but his health for the NFL playoffs is far more important than him winning your fantasy football playoff matchup.
Welker also suffered a concussion on Nov. 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs and ina na odd bit of news, sports writer Jeff Pearlman addressed a letter to Welker asking him to retire. Welker, who makes a living catching tough passes over the middle from his slot position, has battled concussion issues throughout his career.
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