Wes Welker won’t play tonight against San Diego as the wide receiver 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.
Welker also sustained a concussion Nov. 17 against Kansas City but played the following week.
For competitive purposes, Fox had been coy about Welker’s status, other than to say the receiver’s health was the team’s top priority.
PACKERS: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was moving around, throwing lasers and taking snaps with the No. 1 offense in practice Wednesday just as he did before breaking his left collarbone on Nov. 4 against Chicago.
And he was doing it without pain.
Yet Rodgers might as well have been wearing a question mark on the back of his jersey instead of his customary No. 12 given all the uncertainty surrounding his return to action.
But until he gets clearance from team physician Patrick McKenzie, Rodgers will be traveling to Dallas this weekend as a spectator.
“Aaron still is not medically cleared, and I think it’s important to stay in tune with that because the topic of ‘Is he playing in the game?’ vs. ‘Is he medically cleared?’ those are two totally different issues,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.
VIKINGS: Running back Adrian Peterson has shed the walking boot on his sprained right foot, but he’s not ready for practice.
Coach Leslie Frazier says Peterson probably won’t practice until Friday at the earliest. The Vikings play host to Philadelphia on Sunday, and Peterson’s status is in question.
The coach said Peterson would have to practice on Friday in order to play in Sunday’s game.
Peterson has been able to carry weight on his right foot, but hasn’t done any jogging.
SAINTS: Coach Sean Payton says outside linebacker Victor Butler won’t be returning for the Saints’ playoff push.
The chances of Butler returning appeared remote since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and had surgery in June.
49ERS: Ryan Seymour was standing on the visitor’s side of Candlestick Park on Sunday.
Two days later, he found himself sharing a locker room with the opponent.
San Francisco announced Tuesday it signed Seymour from rival Seattle’s practice squad to a three-year contract as insurance at the left guard position.
Starter Mike Iupati has missed the past three games with a sprained left knee.