For the third time in 10 months, Wes Welker has been diagnosed with a concussion. The latest head injury for the Broncos wide receiver happened in the second quarter of Denver’s 18-17 loss to Houston on Saturday.
Broncos coach John Fox confirmed the injury, but he didn’t offer a timetable for when Welker might return.
“It was determined it was a concussion,” Fox said. “He’ll go through the protocol. The biggest thing on him is, of course, player safety. He’ll go through the protocol. … He won’t come back until he’s ready to come back.”
Welker suffered the concussion after taking a hit from Texans safety D.J. Swearinger with under a minute left to play in the first half. After the game, Swearinger said he wasn’t trying to hurt Welker, “I led with my shoulder; that’s the only thing I can do,” Swearinger said. “He’s a short guy. I led with my shoulder. The results are the results and that’s all I can do on that play.”
As for Welker, it’s almost impossible to say when he’ll return. The Broncos receiver suffered his first concussion of the 2013 season in Week 10 on Nov. 17 and returned to play to the following week and suffered his second on Dec. 9 and didn’t return until the Broncos first playoff game on Jan. 12.
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