Broncos WR Wes Welker ruled out for Thursday vs. Chargers

The Broncos won't have Wes Welker on Thursday when they host San Diego. (USATSI)
Welker left Sunday's game with a concussion, his second in less than a month. (USATSI)

Peyton Manning won't have his second favorite target when Denver hosts San Diego this week. Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Chargers. Welker suffered a concussion in Denver's 51-28 win over Tennessee on Sunday, his second concussion since Nov. 17. 

Welker racked up 61 receiving yards and a touchdown against Tennessee before leaving the game in the second quarter after taking a hit from Titans safety George Wilson. Welker also suffered a concussion in the Broncos Week 11 win over Kansas City. With a full week of rest, Welker was able to return in Week 12 against the Patriots.

However, with the Broncos playing Thursday, Welker didn't have the luxury of a full week of rest this week, which virtually made it impossible for him to play. 

With 73 catches, Welker has the second most receptions on the team this season, trailing only Demaryius Thomas' 74. Against the Titans, Welker made his 10th touchdown catch of the year, helping the Broncos become the first team in NFL history to have four players in one season score 10 or more touchdowns. 

The Broncos might be able to get by the Chargers without Welker. In Week 10, Denver beat San Diego 28-20, despite Welker producing season-low totals in both receptions (3) and yards (21).

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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