Welker evaluated for possible concussion

By: The Associated Press
August 23, 2014 Updated: August 23, 2014 at 9:21 pm
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Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) is hit by Houston Texans strong safety D.J. Swearinger (36) and Jeff Tarpinian (52) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

DENVER — Broncos receiver Wes Welker is being evaluated for a possible concussion after taking a hit to the head from Houston defensive back D.J. Swearinger in a preseason game Saturday night.

Welker was leveled by Swearinger soon after catching a short pass over the middle late in the second quarter. Swearinger drew an unnecessary roughness penalty for the hit on Welker, who has a history of concussions and wears a bigger helmet to further protect his head.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning gave Swearinger an earful after throwing a 29-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders. Manning ran down the field and muttered something to Swearinger, which earned the QB a taunting penalty.

Welker missed the final 3½ games last season after sustaining his second concussion in a three-week span.