Following Wes Welker’s third concussion since November 17, 2013, Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox told reporters on Monday that Welker was in good spirits as he begins his recovery. Due to protocol guidelines, Welker did not participate in the Broncos’ practice Monday and a timetable for his return hasn’t been set as he has not been medically cleared of concussion symptoms. Fox went on to say that Welker’s spirits were: “very good. Talked to him this morning. He’s feeling good. He’ll be out there when he’s healthy.” When pressed about the severity of Welker’s concussion, Fox replied: “I can’t give a level. It’s just a concussion. I don’t think there’s part concussion, half concussion. Either you’re concussed or you’re not, the way I understand the injury. Our first priority is his safety and well-being…I know as an organization his well-being is our first priority…we just take it one day at a time. We’ll see how he gets through today, and I get updated every day medically on every player, including Wes in this case. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”
According to the league’s concussion protocol, after a concussion, even if he may be symptom-free, a player can only return to light exercise three days after the hit and only non-contact portions of practice four days after the hit. Finally, once a team doctor has signed off on a player’s return to the field, a doctor unaffiliated with the franchise and approved by both the NFL and NFLPA must also clear the player to return.
What will Welker’s absence on the field do to the offense? Most likely not much. Peyton Manning is a serious weapon under center, and with the addition of Emmanuel Sanders in the offseason to match up with Julius Thomas and Demariyius Thomas, Manning still has plenty of weapons at his disposal. We wish Welker a quick recovery and hope to see him back on the field when he is 100% again.
The Broncos also began making roster changes on Sunday, making their first round of cuts to the team to get down to the league mandated roster size of 75. The players waived from the roster by the Broncos on Sunday are listed below. (via denverbroncos.com)
|LB||Jamar Chaney||5||Mississippi State||Terminated/Injured|
|WR||Greg Hardin||R||North Dakota||Waived|
|S||Charles Mitchell||2||Mississippi State||Waived|
|QB||Bryn Renner||R||North Carolina||Waived|
With the transactions above trimming the roster size down to 77, the Broncos needed to make 2 more roster adjustments in order to reach the current roster limit of 75. On Monday they announced they had also waived defensive tackle Cody Larsen and placed wide receiver Jordan Norwood on injured reserve. Norwood, a Penn State product with five years of NFL experience under his belt, tore his anterior cruciate ligament while attempting to catch a pass last week during practice. After these two moves, the Broncos are now at a league-mandated 75-man roster limit for Week 4 of the preseason. The Broncos will cut their roster down to 53 by Saturday at 4 p.m. MDT.