Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots: Friday Injury Report

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Wes Welker has been cleared to play Sunday Night. Champ Bailey is questionable, and both Duke Ihenacho and Nate Irving are probable.

Via Lindsay Jones:

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has passed through the NFL's post-concussion protocol and has been cleared to play Sunday against the New England Patriots, his former team.

Welker was a full participant in practice on Friday, and is officially listed as probable on the Broncos' injury report. Interim head coach Jack Del Rio, using the same language he used last week for quarterback Peyton Manning, said he would list Welker as "definite" if that was an available designation.

Welker left last week's game against Kansas City in the fourth quarter. He initially went to the sideline after taking a big hit and the end of a catch, and the team said he was evaluated then for a neck injury. He was cleared to return, played four more snaps before he left the game. It was then that he was diagnosed with a concussion.

Broncos

DENVER BRONCOS
Player Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Status
CB Champ Bailey Foot Limited Limited Limited Questionable
TE Julius Thomas Knee DNP Limited Limited Questionable
TE Joel Dreessen Knee DNP Limited Full Probable
T Orlando Franklin Ankle Full Full Full Probable
S Duke Ihenacho Ankle Full Full Full Probable
LB Nate Irving Shoulder Full Full Full Probable
T Winston Justice Finger Full Full Full Probable
G Chris Kuper Ankle Full Full Full Probable
QB Peyton Manning Ankle DNP Full Full Probable
WR Wes Welker Neck/Concussion DNP Limited Full Probable
C J.D. Walton Ankle Full Full Full Probable

Patriots

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Player Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Status
TE Michael Hoomanawanui Knee DNP DNP DNP OUT
CB Kyle Arrington Groin Limited Limited Limited Questionable
CB Alfonzo Dennard Knee Limited Limited Limited Questionable
S Steve Gregory Finger Limited Limited Limited Questionable
CB Aqib Talib Hip Limited Limited Limited Questionable
RB Leon Washington Ankle Limited Limited Limited Questionable
WR Danny Amendola Groin Limited Limited Limited Probable
QB Tom Brady Right Shoulder Full Full Full Probable
TE Rob Gronkowski Back/Forearm/Hamstring Limited Limited Limited Probable
WR Matthew Slater Wrist Full Full Full Probable
LB Brandon Spikes Knee Limited Limited Limited Probable
RB Shane Vereen Wrist Full Full Full Probable
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