Injury Report: Expect no Welker; should he retire?

Yup, it's two days since the Broncos whipped the Titans, and they're already just two days from hosting the Chargers.

Such is the brutality of today's NFL.

Wes Welker and Derek Wolfe were the only players to miss practice on Monday, while Trindon Holliday was limited. 14 others were listed as full participants.

Notably absent from that list were Wesley Woodyard and Duke Ihenacho, who appear to have been benched on Sunday.

Paris Lenon started over Woodyard, who saw only 10 snaps on defense, a week after having been limited to 49 plays at Kansas City.

But if the coaches wanted to give Wes a bit of a blow as the season winds down, why would they put him out there for 18 special teams snaps?

Mike Klis says the decision was influenced by Woodyard's neck injury, but that mostly, he rode the bench due to poor performance.

He adds that Champ Bailey doesn't figure to suit up on Thursday.

Ihenacho started but played only 22 snaps, and was replaced by Omar Bolden, who was on the field for 42 defensive plays, according to PFF.


John Fox did not explicitly rule Welker out for Thursday's game, but he's not expected to play.

CBS4's medical editor, Dave Hnida, thinks Welker should be rested, possibly beyond this week. Common sense says he's right.

Sportswriter Jeff Pearlman believes Welker should hang em up for good, while Benjamin Hochman thinks Wes should at least give that some consideration this offseason.

Now, before dismissing these guys as mere writers without NFL experience, read the quotes given to Hochman by old friend Mark Jackson, who says he knew something was wrong with Welker from watching on TV, and that's before he sustained his second concussion in 22 days' time.

Unfortunately, Denver's prior tough guy slot man, Brandon Stokley, also suffered a concussion on Sunday. By his count, it's at least his 14th.

This is scary stuff, people. Obviously, we hope Welker and Stokes get sound medical advice, and put their long-term health ahead of playing football as still relatively young men.


Wolfe is expected back at Dove Valley on Tuesday, but will be worked back "gradually" according to Fox.

As for the Broncos' other recent hospital patients, Rahim Moore spoke Sunday about the frightening ordeal with his leg, which doctors warned could require amputation, while on a lighter note, Fox was registered under the name Johnny Drama for his heart surgery.


For San Diego, Eddie Royal and Nick Hardwick were held out, with eight others listed as full participants.

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