| Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos
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|College: Texas Tech
Ht: 5’9” Wt: 185 DOB: 1981-05-01 Age: 33
|Wes Welker not ready to retire? -- Mon Feb 16 6:10 pm --|
"Just getting ready for 2015"
|Contrary to a report last week, Broncos receiver Wes Welker is not mulling retirement.
Welker, who ranks 20th all time among receivers with 890 career catches, said Monday he intends to play on.
"Just getting ready for 2015," Welker told The Denver Post via text. FoxSports.com cited sources in its report on Feb. 10 that Welker was considering retirement.
"Never ever came out of my mouth," Welker said.
FF Today's Take: Fox's report last week or this week's report in the Denver Post don't paint a clear picture. The Broncos are likely to move forward with Andre Caldwell and Cody Latimer behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders and Welker has battled concussion issues the last two years. He'll be a free agent on March 10th and attempt to catch on with a team in need of help in the slot.
|Wes Welker considering retirement -- Tue Feb 10 3:00 pm --|
33-year-old receiver set to be a free agent
|The 33-year-old wide receiver, who is slated to become a free agent next month, is considering retirement after several years of head injuries and declining production, sources have told FOX Sports. One of the sources said no final decision has been made, though Wes Welker has told concerned friends, family members and associates he's at least giving serious thought to walking away.
FF Today's Take: Welker is coming off his worst statistical season since 2005 with 49 receptions, 464 yards and 2 touchdowns ranking him 83rd among fantasy wideouts in 2014. Welker suffered his third concussion as Bronco this past preseason.
| Trio of Broncos return to practice -- Thu Dec 11 3:00 pm --|
D. Thomas, Anderson and Welker all battling ankle injuries
|For Broncos, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and C.J. Anderson back in practice, working with offense. (Jeff Legwold on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Thomas' lack of involvement last week was curious and Anderson made the comment after the Broncos' win over the Bills that his ankle was bothering him, perhaps suggesting that Thomas' ankle was in worse shape than Anderson's. Ronnie Hillman also returned to practice on Thursday, although his Week 15 availability will probably limited at best. Anderson's owners should be able to breathe easy for this week at least, although it entirely possible that he has done enough in the coaches' minds to remain the featured back.
| Several notable Denver players miss practice -- Wed Dec 10 5:20 pm --|
Julius Thomas limited
|ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Head Coach John Fox had to take a deep breath after his 47-second recitation of an injury report that included 16 names, eight of whom did not practice Wednesday, with six others working on a limited basis. Headlining the eight players who did not practice were running back C.J. Anderson and wide receivers Wes Welker -- who missed last Wednesday's work -- and Demaryius Thomas, who played Sunday after suffering an ankle bruise when he was stepped on during practice Dec. 3.
Joining Anderson, Welker and Thomas in missing practice were running back Montee Ball (groin), and tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs). Limited participants: running backs Ronnie Hillman (foot) and Juwan Thompson (knee), and tight end Julius Thomas (ankle). Thomas said this has been "a much better week for me" than recent weeks, in which he also worked on a limited basis but did not play in the game.
FF Today's Take: Fantasy owners of Denver's players will need to pay attention to the practice reports over the next couple of days. Some players, like Demaryius Thomas, would have suited up if needed but needed an extra day of rest. As the week progress, the injury picture in Denver should start to take form. Additionally, the running game could become muddled very quickly depending on who is healthy enough to play this weekend.
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