Aug 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) lines up against Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane (20) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Preseason injury news is the worst, but we bring you some nonetheless. Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker left in the first half with concussion symptoms, was tested, and head coach John Fox confirmed after the game he indeed suffered another.
Last year, Welker missed three games due to suffering two concussions in two weeks.
The Broncos can’t mess around with this. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding concussions and the NFL in recent years, and Welker has had his share. Obviously the guy loves to play football, but you have to think about his long term health at some point or another.
Welker was hit hard by D.J. Swearinger, a play that incurred the wrath of Peyton Manning later on, and his head smashed into the ground.
The next concussion is more likely than the last, and if Welker continues to play football he is susceptible to further damage to his head.
So scary, in fact, that Twitter is buzzing with the notion that Welker ought to retire before the season even starts. If he does, it will be a shocking development for most of the NFL, but it wouldn’t be unwise for Welker to do so.
I would be slightly surprised if he chose to retire instead of taking some time off and getting back into things in a few weeks, but at the same time, it would be understandable.