Now suffering from his third concussion in less than a year, former New England Patriots‘ player Wes Welker has proved, slowly but surely, that he is an injury liability. At this point, however, his concussion history is less about the effect it has on his current team, the Denver Broncos, but more about his health and well-being. Welker is flirting with a seriously fine line between latest concussion and last NFL game ever.
New England head coach Bill Belichick was ridiculed by local fans when he let Welker walk away less than two years ago. These fans were both sad and enraged that the beloved Welker was sent off in such a “disrespectful” manner. We could have never guessed or believed it at the time, but Belichick must have seen the writing on the wall. He knew it was time to let Welker go, perhaps aware that his concussion history would eventually catch up with him.
Today, the Patriots have Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Kenbrell Thompkins as their standouts at wide receiver. Two of these players; Edelman and Thompkins, New England would most likely still have on their roster if Welker were still a Patriot. However, Amendola was the main grab as a result of Welker’s offseason exit. He has not made a big difference offensively thus far, but has begun to show signs of resurgence this preseason. Welker was Tom Brady’s No. 1 target during his tenure in New England, and if he were still with the Patriots today with the same injury history, his concussion this past Saturday would have been absolutely devastating to the offense.
Ultimately, letting Welker walk away was the best thing to happen to the Patriots. His concussion history has reached seriously dangerous territory and offers more questions than answers when it comes to his future in the league.