With the kind of week Denver Broncos fans are having, it’s refreshing to hear some good news from headquarters. Wide receiver Wes Welker’s sprained right ankle will keep him out of the rest of the preseason, but is healthy enough for him to play if the season opener were tomorrow. Coach Fox addressed media members yesterday to give updates on all of the Broncos injuries.
“If we had a game tomorrow, he’d be out there,” Fox said. “This is preseason, we’re trying to get ready for our regular season and yet still hone our skills to get ready for that.”
Welker was injured in the first quarter in the blowout loss against the Seahawks. Welker had 3 catches for 31 yards and the Broncos only touchdown before exiting the game.
Also injured against the Seahawks, Derek Wolfe and Champ Bailey have shown improvement from their injuries. Wolfe is hopeful to be ready for the NFL opener against the Ravens. He suffered a scary spine injury that required him to be taken off the field in an ambulance.
Cornerback Champ Bailey is able to walk without crutches, but will continue to wear an orthopedic boot for his strained foot. Bailey is expected to miss several weeks.
Tight end Joel Dreesen is back at practice and reportedly has been moving well through drills. Dreesen had a knee operation earlier in August and could be seen in the final preseason game against the Cardinals.
The Broncos kick off against the St. Louis Rams Saturday, Aug. 29 at 7 MDT.