Peyton Manning‘s go-to receive–when the time comes–is going to miss even more time.
Denver Broncos wide out Wes Welker will miss his second straight game on Sunday against the Houston Texans while he still recovers from concussion like symptoms. He has yet to be cleared by doctors to participate in any contact.
This means that Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker will have to step up in a big way. Andre Caldwell looks to start in place of Welker. This injury must be concerning for Broncos’ fans because of how much of a difference he makes for the team. Welker is more relied on when it comes to third down conversions and red zone passes. Not having him is eliminating a huge weapon for a high powered offense. It was also reported that Welker will probably sit out the final two games as a precaution.
Does having Welker on the sideline put the Broncos at a disadvantage? With the other weapons, I believe it does not. It appeared that way in the last game against the San Diego Chargers, but the Broncos team as a whole were not on their A Game during that loss. I believe Welker will recover in time to at least play in the postseason. If the Broncos can complete all their scenarios this weekend, I do not see Welker playing in the season finale even if he is medically cleared to participate in football.
It remains to be seen if the injury to Welker puts the Broncos at a disadvantage, but knowing Welker, he will do his best to get back on the field. He is a strong willed player who loves the game and he will do whatever it takes to get back onto the field and help his team.