There’s plenty of concern for Wes Welker’s healthy as he gets ready to return, but none of that concern is coming from Welker himself.
The veteran wide receiver signed with the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday. Once Welker makes his debut with the Rams, it will be the first time he’s played in a game since Week 17 last season with the Denver Broncos.
Welker hasn’t appeared in all 16 games since 2012 and has battled various injuries over the course of his career. Most notably, Welker’s had issues with concussions in recent seasons to the point where he reportedly considered retirement.
Former Broncos teammate Champ Bailey said in July of 2014 he felt Welker should retire because of lingering head issues.
However, Welker insists he’s not concerned about his long-term health in returning to the NFL.
“Not at all,” he said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’ve been cleared by the doctors and everything else. Obviously, I’m not going to try and look for contact and everything like that, but I’m not thinking about it, either.
“I’m out there playing hard and playing the way I need to play to be successful. You start second-guessing yourself out there and that’s when you get in trouble.”
Welker said something similar in an April interview with KUSA-Denver.
“For me, everything came out all good,” Welker told KUSA in April. “My cognitive tests were good. All kinds of tests came out good. I had a trip to Miami and their doctors said everything looked good.”
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