Reports: Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) cleared to play

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Wes Welker should be ready to play in the Broncos playoff run. (USATSI)
Wes Welker should be ready to play in the Broncos playoff run. (USATSI)

Wes Welker suffered concussions in Weeks 10 and 13, and as a result, he's had to sit out the last four regular-season games. Luckily for the Broncos -- but maybe not for Welker's long-term health -- the receiver has been cleared to play in the postseason, according to multiple reports.

Catching passes from Peyton Manning for the first time in his career, Welker recorded 77 receptions for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games this season, and he remains an integral part of the Denver receiver corps with Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and tight end Julius Thomas.

Welker practiced on a limited basis last week, but he was held out of the Week 17 contest vs. the Raiders. He'll have an additional week off with Denver locking up the No. 1 AFC seed and earning a bye for Wild Card Weekend.

‘‘Football is a unique game in that you can try to simulate different things in the weight room and different areas, but until you get out there and start running around playing, it's not quite the same," coach John Fox said last week. ‘‘So he's back out there.

“We've got everything under control. Now it's just a matter of him getting back into football shape."

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