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 wide receiver Wes Welker has passed through the NFL’s post-concussion protocol and has been cleared to play Sunday against the New England Patriots, his former team. Welker was a full participant in practice on Friday, and is officially listed as probable on the Broncos’ injury report. Welker left last Sunday’s game in the fourth quarter with a concussion and neck injury, practiced on a limited basis Thursday.
Welker will now play against the Patriots, for whom he caught 672 passes for 7,459 yards, with 37 touchdowns from 2007-2012 while making it to 5 Pro Bowls.
The Carolina Panthers will be without defensive end Charles Johnson this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Johnson sprained his MCL against the Patriots in this past Monday night’s win after being leg whipped by Marcus Cannon. As a result, Johnson has been unable to practice this week. Thus far this season, Johnson has 8.5 sacks.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings will face the team he madea name for himself with this weekend when the Vikings travel to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers. But Jennings is dealing with an injury to his Achilles that held him out of practice Wednesday leaving his status for Sunday in doubt. But he returned to Vikings practice Thursday in a limited capacity. Jennings was a surprise inactive in Week 11 and is listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report.
He has 34 receptions for 410 yards and two touchdowns on the year.