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Wes Welker | Wide Receiver

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/1/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 185
College: Texas Tech
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Wes Welker (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol for now.
Welker was cleared for flying and exercise last week, but not contact. He'll increase his activity on Monday, with the hopes of participating in the non-contact part of practice. The next step would be full clearance for contact and the Week 1 game against the Colts. Welker remains on track to clear these benchmarks. Aug 30 - 8:32 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Wes Welker (concussion) was spotted warming up on the field before Thursday's preseason finale at Dallas.

Obviously, it's a fantastic sign that Welker was cleared to be on the team flight and get some on-field work in prior to the game. He still has a series of tests to pass before full clearance, but he's on the right track. The Broncos open up against the Colts on Sunday Night Football Sept. 7.
Aug 28 - 9:09 PM

Wes Welker (concussion) has been cleared to travel with the Broncos to their preseason finale, but he has yet to be cleared to play.

Welker is making his way through the league's protocol at a rapid pace. He's already exercising, but can't yet take on contact in practice. Welker has 11 days to gain clearance for the Broncos' Week 1 opener two Sundays from now.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 27 - 6:36 PM

Wes Welker (concussion) is already in the exercise mode of the concussion protocol.

Players that suffer concussions are not allowed to exercise until symptoms have subsided. Considering Welker is just four days removed from his third concussion in nine months, it's a fantastic sign that he's bouncing back well. Welker still has 11 days until the Broncos open up on Sunday Night Football against the Colts.
Aug 27 - 10:03 AM

Coach John Fox said Wes Welker is doing "fantastic" in the concussion protocol.

Oftentimes, players with a history of concussions have trouble progressing quickly through the league's protocols. That doesn't appear to be the case with Welker even though this is his third concussion in the last nine months. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says there's a "lot of optimism from the team," essentially confirming that Welker has no intention of retiring and is on track to make a speedy return. We still like Cody Latimer as a late-round stash -- he has more real-life upside than Andre Caldwell and Welker is a poor bet to make it through the season.
Aug 26 - 6:59 PM

Wes Welker isn't considering retirement after his latest concussion.

"That’s not been brought up at all," coach John Fox said. Now 33, Welker has suffered three concussions in two years with the Broncos, but is making $6 million between salary and bonuses this season. He won't be hanging up his cleats. We're still wary of selecting Welker before the sixth or seventh round of a 12-team fantasy draft. The Broncos may have to consider scaling back his role.
Aug 25 - 3:39 PM

The Denver Post's Mike Klis believes Wes Welker (concussion) will play in Week 1 against the Colts.

Klis notes that Week 1 is still two weeks away, and Welker's special "concussion" helmet "helped absorb" the blow he took from Texans S D.J. Swearinger. We saw Sanders begin to go in the fifth, fourth, and even third rounds of fantasy drafts Sunday as folks presumably assumed Welker wouldn't play this year. Longtime Broncos beat writer Klis disagrees. Welker remains a player to shy away from in the early rounds of drafts, but could actually turn out to be a pretty nice value if he emerges from this latest scare with a clear head.
Aug 24 - 10:41 PM

Coach John Fox confirmed Wes Welker suffered a concussion in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

Welker's latest head trauma came when trash-talking Texans S D.J. Swearinger hit him up high just before halftime. The 33-year-old slot machine also suffered two concussions last season, with the second one costing him the final three regular-season games. He also had a number of head injuries while with the Patriots, putting his long-term status in some doubt. At this point, he has to think about his health after football. If Welker misses regular season time, Emmanuel Sanders would move into the slot and Andre Caldwell would compete with rookie Cody Latimer for the starting role outside. Note that Caldwell ran ahead of Latimer Saturday night.
Aug 24 - 12:43 AM

Wes Welker took a shot to the head from Texans S D.J. Swearinger late in the first half of Saturday's preseason game.

The trash-talking Swearinger lowered his shoulder and connected with Welker's head after a catch over the middle. The play drew a 15-yard penalty. Welker was able to pop right up, but trainers immediately escorted him to the locker room for concussion tests. Of course, Welker has a long history of concussions and another one would almost certainly result in a multi-week absence. It's a scary situation for the Broncos.
Aug 23 - 10:34 PM

The Denver Post expects this season to be Wes Welker's last with the Broncos.

Following this season, Welker will be a free agent entering his age-34 season. The Broncos have already made plans for his departure, as Emmanuel Sanders can kick inside and Cody Latimer can move into the starting lineup on the outside. Along with the rest of the Broncos, Welker is all-in for this season.
Source: Denver Post
May 29 - 10:08 AM

The Broncos have exercised their 2014 option on Wes Welker's contract.

Welker collected a $3 million roster bonus last week, part of his $8 million in total possible compensation for 2014. He's locked and loaded as Peyton Manning's slot receiver once again, with a touch more upside thanks to Eric Decker's departure. Welker will be a 33-year-old unrestricted free agent in March of 2015, at which point we'd expect newly acquired Emmanuel Sanders to kick inside.
Source: SI.com
Mar 17 - 9:24 AM

Coach John Fox indicated Thursday that the Broncos have no plans to release Wes Welker.

"Wes Welker is under contract, so I don’t think it’s a tremendous decision," Fox said. The Broncos have to make a decision on Welker's $3 million roster bonus by next month, but it appears the decision has already been made. Welker battled two concussions as his 2013 production fell off from his New England days, but he still played at a high level. With Eric Decker fully expected to walk in free agency, retaining Welker is a no-brainer.
Feb 20 - 7:32 PM

Wes Welker racked up eight catches for 84 yards in Super Bowl 48.

Welker was quiet until midway through the second quarter, when Peyton Manning found him streaking across the field on a deep crosser for a gain of 16. The 32-year-old slot receiver piled up catches in garbage time, making no real impact when the game was still in doubt. Welker is under contract for $6 million in 2014, including a $3 million roster bonus. Turning 33 in May, Welker will return as a 90-catch candidate with increased upside if Eric Decker bolts in free agency.
Feb 2 - 10:32 PM

Wes Welker reiterated Thursday that he has no plans to retire if the Broncos win the Super Bowl.

"Of course it would be a good way to end it, but I am still having fun," Welker said. "I am still enjoying the game. I feel good, and as long as I am out there having fun, I will continue to play." A pint-sized slot receiver going on 33 and coming off a concussion-marred season, no one would blame Welker for riding off into the sunset. The $6 million remaining on his contract is a powerful incentive to continue playing, however. Welker will likely give more serious thought to hanging it up in 2015, when he'll be back on the open market.
Jan 30 - 3:38 PM

Wes Welker brushed off whispers that he could retire following Sunday's Super Bowl.

Welker is just 33 years old, has the potential to earn $6 million in 2014 and continues to be one of the game's best slot receivers. The whispers stem from his recent bout with two concussions. "I think so. We'll see what happens," Welker said when asked if he'll be back next season. "I've definitely been blessed with 10 more years than I ever thought I would play in the NFL. I'll just keep on playing until they tell me I can't anymore."
Jan 27 - 10:37 AM

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
RB1Montee Ball
2Ronnie Hillman
3C.J. Anderson
4Juwan Thompson
GLB1Montee Ball
2Ronnie Hillman
3RB1Montee Ball
2Ronnie Hillman
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Cody Latimer
WR21Wes Welker
2Emmanuel Sanders
3Isaiah Burse
WR31Emmanuel Sanders
TE1Julius Thomas
2Jacob Tamme
3Virgil Green
K1Matt Prater
2Brandon McManus