Wes Welker back at practice after concussion

DENVER – Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was at practice Monday, nine days after suffering a concussion during last month's preseason loss to the Houston Texans.

Welker has not been cleared for contact. He was able to participate in individual drills.

The Broncos don't have to officially list Welker's condition until Wednesday. There's no word yet on his status for Sunday's regular season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

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The hit that knocked Welker from the Aug. 23 game against the Texans drew a 15-yard personal foul on Texans safety D.J. Swearinger. Welker's head collided with Swearinger's shoulder and arm as the wide receiver went low after catching a pass from Peyton Manning.

Manning, who was clearly incensed about the hit, went facemask-to-facemask with Swearinger after throwing a 29-yard touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders – the quarterback's first ever penalty for taunting.

Manning ultimate received a $8,200 fine for the penalty – which he called "Money well spent."

It's Welker's third concussion in 10 months. In November 2013, Welker returned after one week from the first of two concussions. He suffered the next 22 days later. It kept him out of the last three regular season games, and forced him to wear a new, larger helmet aimed at reducing head impact during the playoffs.

USA TODAY contributed to this report.

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