Wes Welker gives Denver Broncos needed outlet in win vs. Chargers

7:53 PM, Jan 12, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - Wes Welker felt like he was someone out of the future, but the Denver Broncos receiver showed why he's been so valuable in the past.

Welker played Sunday for the first time since Dec. 8. He missed the final three regular-season games because of his second concussion this season. 

He wore an oversized helmet Sunday to help protect his head.

"I've been practicing with it for the past few weeks, so I got used to it, "Welker said. "But it kind of looks like 'The Jetsons' out there."

He was hit during the Dec. 8 game against Tennessee, this after sustaining a concussion in the Nov. 10 game against Kansas City.

Welker gave Denver a 14-0 lead with 6 minutes left in the first half Sunday when he caught a 3-yard pass on third down. He also converted another third down and finished the game with six catches for 38 yards.

"It was good to have Wes back. You always like to have all of your guys back," quarterback Peyton Manning said. "It was the first time since November that we've had [Eric] Decker and [Demaryius] Thomas and Julius [Thomas] and Welker were on the field together. ... Wes made some big catches, and he drew a big pass interference. He would have been open would he not interfered. Always good to have him back out there."

Welker, who played for six seasons in New England, joined the Broncos in the offseason. In 34-31 loss earlier this season at New England, Welker finished with four catches for 31 yards. He didn't practice leading up to that game because of the concussion symptoms.

"Any time you get a playoff win, it's a big deal. Now it's on to the next one. We've got a really big one coming up this next weekend," Welker said.

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