Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) pulls in a reception as Oakland Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkins (21) defends in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 37-21. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos Rule Out Wes Welker For Matchup With Oakland Raiders


Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was officially ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum.

According to ESPN.com, Welker had been a limited participant in practice this week for the Broncos after sustaining a concussion in a win over the Tennessee Titans earlier this month. He has not been a full practice participant since the injury and did not play in either of Denver’s last two games, a loss to the Chargers on Dec. 12 and a win at Houston last Sunday.

Welker, in his first season with the Broncos after six years in New England and three in Miami (as well as a single game with the Chargers in 2004), has 73 receptions for 778 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns in 13 games this season.

Welker led the NFL in receptions three times while with the Patriots, including a 123-reception season in 2009 that matched the second-most catches by a receiver in a single season.

Welker has also done some punt returning for the Broncos this season, averaging seven yards on 10 returns. In his 10 seasons, he has 841 catches for 9,358 yards and 48 touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a score as a rookie with the Dolphins in 2004.

He was undrafted out of Texas Tech in 2004 and has gone on to be named All-Pro twice as well as earning five consecutive Pro Bowl bids.

Denver also ruled out defensive end Derek Wolfe, who hasn’t played since suffering “seizure-like symptoms” on Nov. 29.

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