ESPN: Wes Welker to miss last 2 Broncos regular season games

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Wes Welker works out at Denver Broncos practice on Nov. 21, 2013.

Wes Welker works out at Denver Broncos practice on Nov. 21, 2013.

DENVER — Wes Welker will not be playing in the Broncos contest this Sunday against the Houston Texans nor the season finale against the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 29, according to a new report from ESPN.

Citing NFL and team sources, ESPN’s Jeff Legwold and Chris Mortensen were reporting that the pair of concussions Welker suffered in Weeks 11 and 14 were prompting the move. Welker has been held out of team activities since leaving the Broncos 51-28 win over the Tennessee Titans after taking a vicious from safety George Wilson.

If Welker were to suffer a third concussion in either of the Broncos’ remaining regular season games, he would likely be ruled out for the rest of the season. That’s something the Broncos are hoping to avoid, considering they’ve already locked up a postseason spot.

That said, the Broncos can earn a first-round bye in the playoffs and home field advantage if they beat both the Texans and Raiders over the next two weeks, meaning the final two regular season games are hardly inconsequential.

Despite the negative news on Welker’s condition, head coach John Fox insisted at Thursday’s practice that the wide receiver is making progress.

“The exercise is picking up,” Fox said after practice. “They’re doing more and more with him in the weight room, running around out here a little bit and … he’s doing better every day.”

In just his first season with the team, Welker has already become a favorite target of Peyton Mannings’, with the two having hooked up 73 times for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season.

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