Wes Welker Injury: Updates on Broncos WR's Ankle
Wes Welker will miss the remainder of the preseason with an ankle injury.
The Broncos reported their injuries following the game:
Fox also reported that Welker (rt ankle sprain) Bailey (lft foot) Bradley (lft wrist), Vasquez (lft knee) all left the game with injuries— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) August 18, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 3
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Broncos CB Champ Bailey did not practice today due to foot injury, but WR Wes Welker was full participant with ankle injury.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 27
From USA Today's Lindsay Jones:
Wes Welker was listed as a "did not practice" today. He was out of the field wearing a jersey however.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) August 27, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 22
NFL.com's Chris Wesseling provides an update on Wes Welker's status:
Wes Welker's mild right ankle sprain will keep him out for the remainder of the preseason, but coach John Fox insists the slot receiver could play if there was a regular-season game tomorrow.
"This is preseason," Fox explained. "We're trying to get ready for our regular season and yet still hone our skills to get ready for that."
UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 22
From Gray Caldwell of DenverBroncos.com:
Fox on Wes Welker: "He's alright. If we had a game tomorrow, he'd be out there."— Gray Caldwell (@GrayCaldwell) August 22, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 18
From the Denver Broncos on Twitter:
Further evaluation has revealed CB Champ Bailey has a left foot sprain & WR Wes Welker has a mild right ankle sprain.— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) August 18, 2013
Welker had three catches for 31 yards and a touchdown in the game before heading to the sideline.
An ankle sprain isn't necessarily the end of the world, but it can be a nagging injury. Welker relies heavily on getting out of his breaks quickly, and this injury could impact his ability to do so.
Peyton Manning's newest toy is destined to be a major part of Denver's attack this season. His ability to work underneath will open things up for Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker on the outside, giving Manning even more options than he had at his disposal last season.
Welker isn't necessarily a touchdown machine, but he's had 100-plus catches in five of the past six seasons. Even though he won't be running routes in the New England Patriots' offense any longer, it's safe to say that his production shouldn't dip with Manning behind center.
Losing Welker for any length of time would be a costly blow. He still has a few weeks to rest up and get ready for the regular season, so there isn't cause for alarm just yet.
Denver needs Welker to expand its arsenal on offense, and many fantasy-football owners are relying on Welker (especially in PPR leagues) to push their teams toward the playoffs.
Even though this injury may prove to be minor, it's certainly something to monitor moving forward in the preseason.
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