Nine days ago, Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker suffered his third concussion in 10 months. Rightly, there were questions about whether the 33-year-old should consider retirement, given what we know -- and continue to learn -- about the long-term effects of head trauma. Two days later, coach John Fox said retirement was never a consideration.
"That's not been brought up at all," he said. "... I didn't sense that."
On Monday, Welker returned to practice. He will participate in individual drills but has yet to be cleared to play in the team's season-opener Sunday night against the Colts, reports USAToday.com's Lindsay Jones.
If all goes well, Welker will return to full-contact practices before he will be allowed to suit up against the Colts. The Broncos remain cautiously optimistic about those prospects.
"One step at a time, still in the process, in the protocol," general manager John Elway said. "So, he'll be out running around Monday and continue through the protocol, take it one day at a time.''
If Welker can't go, expect Emmanuel Sanders, signed this offseason, to step into his role.