Very few things could keep Wes Welker from playing Sunday night when his new team, the Denver Broncos, heads to Foxboro to play his old team, the New England Patriots.
One of those things, though, would have been a concussion, which according to league rules must be monitored with extreme caution. Players must show they are clear of symptoms before they’re permitted to return to practices or games. Welker sustained a concussion in last Sunday’s win over the Chiefs, putting his availability for this Sunday against the Patriots in jeopardy.
Welker was back on the practice field Thursday, though, according to multiple reports from Broncos practice. He still needs to be cleared by a neurologist before he’s permitted to play in Sunday’s game, but his availability for practice is a big step in that direction.
Welker originally returned to Sunday’s game, as the Broncos thought he had only a neck injury, but he was pulled after showing signs of a concussion. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said this week that he expects Welker to play.