ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Wes Welker was a full participant in Friday’s practice at Dove Valley, meaning the Denver Broncos wide receiver successfully passed his concussion tests and is probable for Sunday’s game against his old team, the New England Patriots.
Welker suffered the concussion in last Sunday’s 27-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. He finished the game with eight catches for 72 yards before leaving with the head injury.
Welker missed the team’s Wednesday practice, but returned to the field as a limited participant on Thursday, when he spoke to the media for the first time ahead of the anticipated matchup with the Patriots.
“I feel fine,” Welker said. “I’m just preparing myself, getting ready, and hopefully just get cleared for Sunday.”
It appears that Welker has since been cleared, which means he’ll be getting ready to face off in his first matchup against Tom Brady, a quarterback he played with for six straight seasons.
“This week we’re pretty much enemies,” Welker said jokingly. “We’re really tight and close. I wish the best for him — just not this week.’’
Manning has certainly enjoyed stealing Welker away from Brady. The second-year Broncos quarterback and first-year receiver have hooked up 61 times so far this season for 648 yards. Welker has also caught nine touchdown passes.