Even as Wes Welker goes through the post-concussion protocol for the third time in 10 months, retirement has not been discussed as an option yet for the Denver Broncos' 33-year-old wide receiver.
"That has not been brought up at all," head coach John Fox said Monday, two days after Welker was concussed late in the second quarter of Saturday's preseason game against the Houston Texans. "You'd have to talk to Wes in that area. I didn't sense that."
Fox spoke with Welker on Monday morning and described him as "feeling good."
Given Welker's latest head injury occurred 15 days before the Broncos' season opener, there is optimism that he could be cleared in time for the Sept. 7 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Last November, Welker returned after one week from the first of two concussions. The second, suffered 22 days later, kept him out of the final three regular season games. When he returned for the playoffs, he wore a new, larger helmet designed to help reduce the impact of hits to his head. Welker has continued wearing that helmet this preseason.
Fox refused to speculate just how severe Welker's current concussion is.
"It's a concussion. I don't think there are part-concussions, half-concussions. I mean, you're either concussed or you're not," Fox said.
The hit that knocked Welker from the game drew a 15-yard personal foul on Texans safety D.J. Swearinger, who did not go head-first into the receiver. Welker's head collided with Swearinger's shoulder and arm as Welker went low after catching a pass from Peyton Manning.
The quarterback was clearly incensed by the hit and immediately made a comment to Swearinger about it. One play later, after Manning threw a 29-yard touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders, the reigning MVP jogged to the end zone to go facemask-to-facemask with Swearinger, an act that drew a 15-yard penalty for taunting.
Fox paused when asked Monday if he believed the hit on Welker was dirty.
"Uhhhh, it's football," he said. "We're disappointed in the results, but it happens during games."
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