Broncos' Wes Welker, Champ Bailey And More Injured
By Allen Kim
There were some serious concerns when Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker, CB Champ Bailey, DE Derek Wolfe and RG Louis Vasquez exited Saturday night’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Welker suffered a right ankle sprain, and some feared that it may have been a high ankle sprain that would have potentially kept them out of action for a few weeks. However, it turned out to be a minor sprain that has him listed as day to day.
Bailey, on the other hand, may not have been so lucky. He was seen on crutches and in a boot on the sidelines after emerging from the locker room, so it was apparent that he was dealing with something more than a minor injury from the start. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network was told that he has a “serious foot sprain,” and it may take several weeks for the injury to fully heal. While Bailey at least managed to avoid a tear or fracture, it’s still worrying for the 35-year-old at this stage of his career.
Wolfe had the scariest injury of the group, having to be immobilized and loaded into an ambulance following a neck injury. After undergoing thorough medical tests, he was diagnosed with a cervical spine injury. It sounds worse than it really is, and Wolfe is expected to be fine moving forward.
Vasquez injured his knee, but it was apparently just a tweak. He was removed for precautionary reasons, and he should be fine.
For now, it appears that the Broncos have escaped the very worst. While far from ideal, things could have turned out far worse for the team.