Some Denver Broncos fans were probably wishing for wide receiver Wes Welker to recover in time for the playoffs for Christmas. Their prayers might have been answered.
On Wednesday, Welker was shown as a limited participant in practice as he attempts to recover from the concussion he sustained in a Week 14 win against the Tennessee Titans. Welker has not played since acquiring the injury, which was his second concussion in four weeks at the time. It shows good signs that he was on the field, meaning that he might have been cleared for contacts following the NFL‘s mandatory concussion protocol. If he can be healthy for the playoffs, that would provide a huge spark for the Broncos’ offense that struggled against the San Diego Chargers but did show positive signs against the Houston Texans last week.
But with a huge game coming up for the Broncos in which they are playing for homefield advantage, should the team start Welker or keep him on the sidelines? I believe it would be a smart move to keep Welker on the sidelines. The Broncos sure do not want to risk him getting injured again and to miss time in the playoffs. When January hits, the Broncos are going to need every single player to make a run and Welker is a key part to that run. If he ends up being lost due to another injury, it could spell trouble for the team.
The Broncos offense should be okay without Welker. It is more important that he is ready to go when the playoffs begin so that they can start the run towards New Jersey. And with the team receiving a first round bye, this will give Welker the chance to be at 100 percent before the first playoff game. Keeping him on the bench would be a great decision for the team, especially in the long run.