Welker suffers concussion; Manning draws penalty

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) passes in the second quarter of a preseason game...

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) passes in the second quarter of a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

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All is not well with Wes Welker after the Denver Broncos' third preseason game on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old wide receiver left the field near the end of the first half after sustaining a concussion on a hit by Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger on a short pass route over the middle.

Broncos coach John Fox confirmed after the Broncos' 18-17 loss to the Texans that Welker suffered his third concussion in the past year. Welker had two last season that sidelined him for three games.

Welker got back on his feet immediately after the hit, but trainers escorted him directly to the locker room for tests.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning evidently was not pleased with the hit.

After throwing a 29-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, Manning confronted Swearinger and received a taunting penalty.

Denver players apparently were not happy with Swearinger during joint practices last week with the Texans because of his chirping.

Manning completed 21 of 27 passes for 243 yards with two touchdowns and an interception against the Texans.


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