The Denver Broncos cruised to a 51-28 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday to improve to 11-2 on the season, but the win wasn’t without consequences. Star wide receiver Wes Welker suffered his second concussion in just a few weeks during the game and he will almost certainly miss the team’s Thursday night game against the San Diego Chargers.
With less than a minute to go in the first half, Welker went low to catch a pass from quarterback Peyton Manning. As he went down for the ball, Titans safety George Wilson hit Welker and his neck was bent backwards awkwardly.
Welker had five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown before exiting.
The veteran wideout also suffered a concussion in Week 11 against the Kansas City Chiefs, and two head injuries this close together could result in a multi-week absence.
While the Broncos have a deep receiving corps, Welker’s presence in the slot will certainly be missed. So far this season, the 32-year-old wideout has 73 receptions for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns. Fellow receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker have also put together fantastic seasons. Thomas has 74 receptions for 1,149 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Decker has 71 receptions for 1,088 yards and eight scores.
With Welker down, expect pass-catching tight end Jacob Tamme and Andre Caldwell to see time in the slot.
This offseason the Broncos signed Welker to a two-year, $12 million contract that is fully-guaranteed. It seemed like a steal at the time, and frankly it still looks that way. That said, if Welker can’t continue to be on the field it’s going to be tough for Denver to continue on their incredible roll.