Wes Welker expected to be out until playoffs

Wes Welker

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker will likely be held out of the team’s final two regular-season games as he recovers from two concussions in a span of three weeks., reports Chris Mortensen and Jeff Legwold of ESPN.

On Friday, Welker will formally be ruled out of the Broncos’ game Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Welker is expected to also be held out of the Broncos’ final regular-season game Dec. 29 against the Oakland Raiders.

The Broncos hope Welker, who sustained concussions in Week 11 and Week 14, will recover in time to play in the postseason.  He continues to be evaluated by the team’s medical staff and an independent doctor as part of the NFL’s concussion protocol.

“The exercise is picking up,” coach John Fox said of Welker’s progress. “They’re doing more and more with him in the weight room, (and he’s) running around out here a little bit. He’s feeling better every day.”

Welker has not practiced since leaving the teams Dec. 8 victory over the Tennessee Titans just before halftime.

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