Week 11 roundup: Wes Welker in doubt after head blow

Broncos receiver sidelined with concussion symptoms

The Broncos had no update Monday after confirming after Sunday night’s 27-17 victory over the Chiefs that wide receiver Wes Welker suffered a concussion during the fourth quarter, according to the Denver Post.

According to ESPN, Welker is undergoing concussion evaluation and will not be a full participant in practice until Friday at the earliest.

The Broncos (9-1) will play the Patriots on Sunday night in Foxborough, which was Welker’s professional home for six years.


With just more than 11 minutes remaining in the game Sunday, Peyton Manning passed short and right to Welker. About 20 yards downfield, defensive end Allen Bailey and safety Eric Berry sandwiched him. Welker was slow to get up, then took a knee.

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Trainers attended to Welker before he went to the sideline. He entered later that series and had one reception for 9 yards before leaving for good.

“My understanding is we followed protocol, he was cleared to return, he had symptoms that came up and he was pulled,” interim coach Jack Del Rio said Monday, according to ESPN. “He’ll go through the protocol this week. [Doctors] checked him, allowed to return, symptoms came that were problematic and he was pulled.

Del Rio also said tight end Julius Thomas (knee) was day to day, although of greater concern was the health of Rahim Moore.

The Broncos safety underwent emergency surgery Monday to staunch bleeding in the muscle sheath in his lower left leg, a condition known as lateral compartment syndrome that can cost patients a limb or even their life.


Moore left the game in the first half. During the night, Moore called athletic trainer Steve Antonopulos because he was still experiencing pain and swelling. The team’s medical staff determined Moore needed a fasciotomy, during which a surgeon cuts open the skin and fascia covering the affected compartment, which are groupings of muscles, nerves, and blood vessels.

Moore, who remained hospitalized Monday, will not play Sunday. Del Rio said he had no timetable for Moore’s return.

Texans to stay with Keenum

Texans coach Gary Kubiak is sticking with Case Keenum as his starter despite pulling the quarterback in Houston’s 28-23 loss to Oakland. Keenum will start on Sunday as the Texans try to snap a franchise-record eight-game skid at home against Jacksonville. ‘‘I've got total confidence in him,’’ Kubiak said. But on Sunday, he pulled Keenum for Matt Schaub late in the third quarter after the Texans were forced to punt on their first three possessions of the second half. Sunday was Kubiak’s first game back after missing a game recovering from a mini-stroke . . . The quarterback merry-go-round in Minnesota is on the verge of spinning again. Christian Ponder was pulled for Matt Cassel early in the fourth quarter in the Vikings’ 41-20 loss at Seattle, and coach Leslie Frazier didn’t convey much hope for Ponder to keep the job this week. Also, cornerback Josh Robinson broke his sternum trying to make a tackle and will miss at least 4-6 weeks . . . With quarterback Jake Locker out for the season, the Titans signed quarterback John Skelton to add an experienced backup behind Ryan Fitzpatrick . . . Bears coach Marc Trestman says Jay Cutler (groin, ankle) will not play this week, but remains the team’s No. 1 quarterback despite Josh McCown’s strong play. He also says star linebacker Lance Briggs remains ‘‘a couple of weeks away’’ from returning from a small fracture in his left shoulder . . . Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Scott Tolzien will remain the starting quarterback Sunday as Aaron Rodgers continues to recover from a broken collarbone.

Ref eyed for improper language

The Redskins and the NFL are reviewing an incident in which an official allegedly directed profane words at tackle Trent Williams. Williams said he was called vulgar names by official No. 81 — which would be umpire Roy Ellison — in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Eagles. Coach Mike Shanahan said he has spoken to the players involved. Some of the linemen were wearing microphones, which the league can use to verify exactly what happened. After the game, a pool reporter approached the officials’ bus and asked head referee Walt Coleman for comment. The reporter said Coleman directed the driver to roll up the window, and the bus pulled away . . . Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson might need surgery on his left knee after his lateral collateral ligament was damaged in the second quarter Sunday . . . Colts linebacker Erik Walden’s head-butt and Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson’s helmet-to-helmet hit have earned one-game suspensions from the NFL . . . The Dolphins underwent interrogation by an NFL special investigator, as New York attorney Ted Wells began interviewing players regarding the harassment case involving tackle Jonathan Martin and suspended guard Richie Incognito. Wells’s visit was expected to last at least two days . . . Linebacker Thomas Howard, who was recently released by the Falcons, died Monday morning following a high-speed crash on an Oakland, Calif., freeway. Howard, 30, was driving a BMW when he hit a big rig, flipped over the divider, and went head-on into a Honda traveling on the other side. Witnesses said his car was traveling 100-110 miles per hour.