Broncos’ Wes Welker returns to practice after latest concussion but still isn’t cleared to play in opener


Wes Welker still hasn’t been cleared to play. (L.M. Otero / AP)

Wes Welker was back on the practice field Monday, but he still hasn’t been cleared to play in the Denver Broncos’ season opener Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

Welker, who suffered a concussion Aug. 23, was limited in practice and Coach John Fox wasn’t sharing much information after practice — a sure sign that the NFL season is about to begin for real.

”He’s still in the [concussion] protocol. He’s still exercising,” Fox said. “I feel good about his progress. We’ll keep you posted.”

Welker did run some pass routes (via the Denver Post) but declined to speak with reporters after practice, saying he was heading to a team function. The wide receiver has had three concussions since Nov. 17 and the latest raised questions about just how long his NFL career will and should last. His most recent injury came in the preseason game against the Houston Texans when ran across the middle of the field and tried to duck after making a catch, taking a hit from D.J. Swearinger. Swearinger was penalized on the play but was not fined by the league. He did, though, get an earful from Peyton Manning, who was fined and flagged for taunting after throwing for a touchdown on the next play.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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