ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Wes Welker won’t play tonight against San Diego as he recovers from his second concussion in less than a month.
Broncos coach John Fox officially ruled him out Wednesday.
The NFL’s protocol for concussed players would have allowed Welker only to participate in light practice today and only if he had passed baseline cognitive tests earlier in the week. For competitive purposes, Fox had been coy about Welker’s status during the week, other than to say the receiver’s health was the team’s top priority.
Fox also said defensive tackle Derek Wolfe (illness) would miss his third straight game when the Broncos (11-2) host the Chargers (6-7)
Welker was going low to catch a pass Sunday when Tennessee safety George Wilson legally hit him in the side of his neck, knocking him from the game.
Welker also sustained a concussion Nov. 17 against Kansas City but played the following week at New England.
Rodgers practices, not cleared to play
Aaron Rodgers took some first-team snaps in practice Wednesday, though Green Bay’s franchise quarterback still hasn’t been cleared to play in a game.
If that stands through the rest of week, backup Matt Flynn is back in for Rodgers when Green Bay visits Dallas on Sunday in a game critical to both teams’ playoff hopes.
Around the league
A dozen at-risk youngsters in Houston had 80 seconds to dash through a toy store and grab what they could. The total came up to $17,000 to be paid for by Andre Johnson. California safety officials issued more than $50,000 in fines against an elevator company whose employee was killed while working at San Francisco’s new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Seattle placed backup strong safety Jeron Johnson on injured reserve and re-signed cornerback Perrish Cox. Miami center Mike Pouncey missed practice, listed as non-injury, but is expected to play Sunday against New England.
Dallas activated defensive end Edgar Jones off short-term injured reserve and he could return Sunday against Green Bay. Tennessee signed defensive end Adewale Ojomo to the practice squad.
Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson shed the walking boot on his sprained right foot but won’t practice until Friday at the earliest.
New Orleans outside linebacker Victor Butler (knee) won’t be returning for the Saints’ playoff push. St. Louis receiver Tavon Austin (ankle) and cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back) sat out practice. Cornerback Brandon McGee (foot) and running back Daryl Richardson (thigh) also were held out. New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (concussion) and wide receiver Stephen Hill (knee) did not practice, and both might not play Sunday at Carolina.